Daily Quote

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
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Work, No Work, Yes Work!

Sat. June 23, 2018

Who’s tired?

4 hours later and my alarm goes off. I contemplated on staying in or being an adult and taking care of business. It was a tough fight but the responsible person in me won. I woke up at 6:45 closer to 7am. I had 15 minutes to get ready that ended up turning into 30 by the time I walked out of the house.

I had to be in the office this morning to go over new ways on approaching potential clients or prospects. We went over what was compliant and best ways to handle objections. It was a great training from a different perspective since someone new taught it but there was not much of change.

End of that session.

As I sat in the parking lot getting myself ready to leave I took a spit of my melted drink. Before getting to the office I had time to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts. I picked up a medium frozen pistachio coffee and an apple fritter. I had half of the coffee an half of the fritter left over. I was done with the fritter for that moment but finished the coffee.

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On my way home I made a single stop. Since the remotes for my car alarm came in yesterday I decided to have them changed while I was out. At PC Richards I walked inside and went straight to the customer service desk. I wanted to know of the technician was in today. Apparently I should have called in advance because I needed to make an appointment. This would have been something good to mention since I was there on Tuesday for my initial inquiry. Luckily as I was at the counter the technician conveniently walks up. There was another customer he was going to tend to but I got to him first. I explained my problem and told him the solution. He nicely said, “Bring the car around back. When I’m finished I’ll help you. The guy was awesome! I think if I was anywhere else I would have been denied.

Out back I sat in my car playing Dragon Ball Legends as I waited. Normally I would be upset sitting around but since he was nice an I penciled myself in his schedule waiting was not a problem.

Within 15 minutes he came over to my car. I gave him the new remotes and he worked his magic. Something I could not have done. Programming those controls was nothing like I imagined. In my head it involved a computer and wires. I was wrong. The way he programmed them reminded me of PS2 days and inputting cheat codes for San Andreas. A bunch of key turns, peddle kicks and button pressing. You could tell he had done his job for a very long time. It took him less than 5 minutes to set everything up while I watched with a dumbfounded face. I was impressed.

That’s done!

Back home I thought I had all the time in the world. I was supposed to be off so I washed clothes, straightened up and was even getting ready to leave and meet my girlfriend. But just as I went to grab my new computer and put some parts together I get a text message. Can you work?

I went from excitement to sorrow. I had to cancel seeing my lady after getting her excited to see me. I felt so bad. If it would have rained like the weather report said than I could have gone on with my day. But then again, instead of spending money I now had the opportunity to make some.

By 4pm, 15 minutes after the text, I was leaving house. As I sat in my realized I never got gas. I figured I had all day to do so. Now that I was in a rush I wish procrastination would not have taken over. After getting gas, 4:30pm, I was on my way. I had an hour drive to take to the winery.

Getting paid!

After getting of the exit there is a Walmart to the left of me. I was falling asleep on the road there so I decided to get two cans of Monster. One for that moment and one for backup on the way home.

Back on the road 10 minutes later I was parking in the lot of the winery. I immediately dropped of my things and ran to the bathroom. I forgot to use it before I left the house and the Walmart bathroom was is the far part if the building that I did not want to walk to.

Actually getting to work, the night turned out to be nice. The rain held up and temperature was comfortable. Business was slow but it was expected for 72 degrees and cloudy.

Finished!

Around 9pm I was cleaning up and an hour later we left. Back home by 11:30 and in bed by 2am after a comforting shower.

Half Planned Trip & A Dead Night!

Fri. June 22, 2018 

Bad sleep schedule.  

Waking up at 11:30am has become my new starting point for days that I work late shifts. I even woke up at 8 to move my car so I was already awake. But the thought of sleeping turned out to be a better way to spend my time. I really wish I could just stay awake after having 5 hours and be okay like many people I know. For me it’s dreadful. I even tried to train myself for a couple months but it did not last. Maybe I will try it again. 

When I woke up I used my mother’s expertise on booking flights. I do not usually travel to far and if I do it is never alone so getting a ticket is not something to worry about for me, I just pay. For about 30 minutes we went back and forth trying to find the best deals and closest airport to my destination in Georgia. I will be leaving next month and wanted to get part of the trip paid for. Today I was able to book my round-trip flight and rent a car for when I am out there. I was told to visit many places but the distance in between them will be a lengthy drive. All that is left is a place to sleep.  

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(photo found on Google images)

Around 1pm I got dressed and ready to leave. Right before I decided to check the mail. To my surprise the mail was delivered early and my package was mixed with it. On Tuesday I ordered a new set of remotes for my car alarm. The ones I have now are busted up and work about once a week. I was super excited to get them and now all that’s left is to have them programmed by a professional. Soon enough I will be able to get in and out of my car with ease.  

On the road  

I headed to my usual Friday work spot, Pier 13. Since I am trying to be early, I left about an hour and a half before the scheduled meet up. Today I was about 45 minutes ahead of schedule so I decide to stop the bagel shop from yesterday, O’ Bagel. I really enjoyed my breakfast that morning so today it was going to be eaten for lunch.  

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At the parking garage I sat in my car. I had not eaten a meal yet and was excited to dig into my Boken. Yesterday I had the sandwich in a raisin bagel but they were sold out so I had it with a sun-dried tomato bagel instead. Honestly it was just as good. The only downside was that the chef went a little too heavy on the Tuscan spread so I had to scrape some of it out. Otherwise than that it was delicious.  

While I ate the lady I work with let me know she was going to be a bit late. Since I had time and my stomach was full I decided to leave the comfort of my car and walk over to pier. It was a cloudy cool day so I thought sitting in front of the river would be relaxing. For 20 minutes it was. I enjoyed every moment of it as I wrote out an entry in my journal. I might have to start getting there sooner more often.  

It was time! 

When she finally showed up we got right to. We knew with the weather that the day was not going to be good so we prepared just enough to get by. We knew what we were in for, a bust, so we focused on the next task. Around 6pm, after preparing for today, we began working on tomorrow. We prepared just about everything we could to make it easier. The disappointing part is that tomorrow’s weather does not look any better than today’s.  

By 10:30pm we were packing up. After the mayhem on Wednesday we wanted to leave early. Besides that, it started to drizzle and people were running off the pier quicker than a hound dog on the hunt. A half an hour later it was a full on downpour. I had to give the lady I work with a sweater I had hidden under the table for emergencies. She had to get her truck from the garage we park at and I could not bear to watch her get soaked. Today that hidden gem paid off by keeping her dry.  

11:45pm. I was sitting in my car ready to go.  

Getting out of Hoboken/Jersey City when construction is in progress is a nightmare. I do not understand why they cannot find a system to move traffic in a less congested way. It took me an extra 15 minutes just get onto the highway. It can be really annoying seeing policeman stand around chatting instead of helping direct. The only pleasure I had waiting was being able to talk to my girlfriend about what she has been up to. I have been working so much that I miss her face. 

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Bitmoji Me

Finally, home I ended up falling asleep way too late.  I was in bed by 2:45am setting my alarm for the crack of dawn.  

See you at 7 in the morning! 

A Long Day With Good Food!

Thurs. June 21, 2018 

I woke up before the crow! 

Since my car was locked in the parking garage all night I woke up early to handle business. I could barely sleep with the thought of it being towed away. It is one of my three dream cars and I cannot imagine anything happening to it without me being around. 

At 6am, as soon as the garage opened, I gave them a call. After basically taking a 3 hour nap my ability to think was questionable. The first time I called no one answered. I figured calling at the exact moment of opening was not helpful. I waited a few minutes before I called again, that time it went to a ‘busy line’ tone. After waiting about 20 minutes I finally got through to the manager of the place. After telling him who I was we had a friendlier conversation. It went from customer to acquaintance. It pays off to make friends wherever you go.  

After talking for about 10 minutes we came up with a plan. If I could get to the garage before the ticket checkers arrived all I would have to do is pay an overnight fee. Seemed simple. The hard part was making it down that way within 2 hours and having no ride. My parents are down to one car and my father was already at work. My sister was knocked out. Girlfriend still asleep. None of my friends drive. My last and only option was Uber 

I took a $30 Uber to Hoboken. A 35 minute drive took well over and hour because of construction. I have said it before and will say it once more, why must you work on the roads during rush hour? I even took a nap since I had the time. I cannot believe how patient the driver was when in my head I was panicking from sitting still so long. I even had to lower the widow just to relax my nerves. This driver just started to work for Uber and was already a professional. I could not believe it. 

Made it to town. 

I was dropped off around 9:45am about six blocks away from the parking garage. My plan was to eat and walk at the same time. Sleeping so little left me with no energy so before I scheduled the Uber to get me I researched places that I could have breakfast at ahead of time. I knew what I wanted from a few delicious looking picturesO Bagel. It was my first time stepping into the little grab and go bagel shop. I say ‘grab and go’ because it was a small shop with about three high table sets and four regular chairs lined against the wall. Not much of hang out. For breakfast I order something called the BokenThe sandwich consisted of grilled chicken, melted provolone, homemade Tuscan spread, topped with a dressed arugula salad in between a hand rolled raisin bagel. For my drink I decided to try out their hot home brew coffee which with a little sugar is really good.  

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The walk to the garage was nice. It took me 15 minutes to walk the distance. The town I live in requires a car or public transportation to get around with. With my food in hand I was glad to be out getting fresh air.  

Finally, at the garage I met with my buddy that was on the phone this morning. He really helped me out a lot. I could not have been more appreciative. He even taught me how to leave like his employees just in case I get locked in again. I do not think I will ever use his tips but it is good to know anyway. As I walked to my car I had the happiest smile on my face. It felt good to sit in it even though it had only been a day. It felt even better when I drove it home.  

With 3 hours of sleep I needed a nap.  

Before actually getting home I stopped at Wawa. The house had nothing to snack on so I thought a box of cereal and milk would be perfect. Note to self, Wawa does not sell boxes of cereal. The one by me anyway. When I got home as soon as my head hit the pillow I was in a deep sleep. I knocked out instantly. For 2 hours I slept as if I were under Sandman’s spell. It was well deserved rest.  

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(photo found on Google images)

By 2:45pm I was out of the house once more. This time on my way to meet the lady I work with before our dinner shift started. We wanted to have a late lunch at Mitsuwa so we meet there. After how my day started I was glad to get a real meal in my stomach. Normally we get ramen but today we tried something different. We went to a shop called Tokyo Hanten. They serve Japanese cuisine as close to authentic as possible. I had shrimp that I believe was tempura with a spicy gravy sauce and a side of rice. For my first time eating there I was not disappointed. The shrimp was perfectly cooked, the sauce was amazing and paired with the white rice it all came together wonderfully. 

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How could we possibly work?  

We got to the place we were vending at within 15 minutes of leaving Mitsuwa, 5:15pm. It was hard to get started after stuffing myself. But with less than an hour to set up, we got right to it. Within minutes of opening up we were doing business. I thought we would gradually get into the flow of things but the folks living there were ready to eat.  

Once 9pm hit we were done and picking it up to go. During my drive home I had a late-night snack of two rice balls that were bought at Omusubi Gonbei. In the container were a spicy tuna and mentiko, nicely chilled from the refrigerator, rice balls. They hit the spot!  

Back home I took a shower, had a chat with my girlfriend for a bit and was in bed by 1:20am after working on WordPress. 

Never Get Locked IN!

Weds. June 20, 2018 

What a day! 

I got to sleep in until 10am. I thought about staying in bed longer but my mind started racing. All I could think about was my new computer build and setting it up for the part I was getting today. So that is exactly what I did. For about an hour I worked on it. Took a break to feed my nephew and then back to getting things set up.  

After a while I got hungry and stopped for breakfast. I attempted to make Eggo waffles with the new toaster that sits on the counter. Out of four waffles three survived. The fourth burnt. Out of the three I ended up dropping one. Darn. I had two lonely discs left with Runamok Maple syrup on my plate. I started with four and sadly enjoyed two. R.I.P Eggo’s. 

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(photo found on Google images)

Before I knew it, it was already 12:55pm and I had to get ready to go. As I walk to my car I have a tendency to check the front porch. I never know if the mail comes early or package delivery gets lazy to walk around back. My tendency paid off because sitting there was the computer part I had been waiting for. According to the text message received it must have just arrived. 

Get to work! 

By 1:40pm I was on the road to Teixeira’s Bakery. Today we were able to get onto Pier 13 because the person who was supposed could not make it. Lucky for us, sucky for them. Getting to the bakery was a piece of cake. I thought I would get hit with the lunch hour traffic but I must have missed it. Even making my way to the pier was easy. For the past month I have been 10 – 15 minutes late each time. Today I was actually a half hour early. I was able to park in the garage, get coffee, go for a walk and chat for a bit. I even got a tan because the lady I work with missed her exit to meet me.  

But then the boom came out of nowhere.  

As I was sitting on the pier working on my tan a loud almost explosive like sound gave way. I do not know what happened but it might have been an accidental ignition of a propane grill being lite with the output of gas too high. It was a scary sound. Similar to a big rig running into a cement wall at full speed. Everyone around was okay but it scared the heck out of all of us. A couple of us even went checking on things to make sure no one was hurt.  

Then the lady I work with showed up about 20 minutes later. She missed all the action. Since she was late I got right to work. I had 15 minutes to set up with no guarantee that I would be completely ready. 

And the night began. 

In the beginning, for about 2 hours, we were really busy. We could barely keep up and my mouth was so dry from talking my tough was getting stuck to my lips. Immediately after, it slowed down. We went from a full line to a few people every half hour or so. 

By 11:30pm we were cleaning up and from what seems to be tradition it rain as we were leaving. Secretly I was glad. It was such a hot day that the rain cooled things down drastically. It went from 85 to about 70 degrees. 

A night to remember… 

As I was dropped off to my car I noticed the side entrance to the parking garage was closed. That’s not uncommon around 12am at night so I paid it no mind. When I walked around to the front of the building is when I went into panic mode. Swiftly I pulled out my phone to call the lady I work with. I needed to make sure she would not get too far in case I needed her. Without going inside knew it was a bad sign. Luckily there was a door left slightly open so I entered unwelcomed. My suspicion was correct. I was screwed. The garage was officially closed, no one to let me out, gates locked with my car behind them. There was no way, that I could see, out. I looked hard for someone but the place was deserted. Not even the cleaning crew was around. I went to my car grabbed what I could or needed and looked for a pen. I wrote a note begging the staff not to tow my car and left on my feet instead of wheels.  

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Image Credit: Rico Rodriguez

The lady I work with had to drive me home. I was so upset that I had to inconvenience her when it was already so late. I could not believe how this night ended…me carless.  

Please don’t tow me!