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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Today was the start of my 3rd week in 2nd CTO rotation. My first day was a slamming success. I rarely made any errors and rarely asked for help. The next day was the same. Today was kinda different though. I was in secondary and the calls were all different and boy, was I stumped. It wasn't that bad, but compared to my Monday, it was bad. It wasn't more of mistakes, it was more of not getting these kind of calls and not being able to advise RP's on what to do.

I sure felt helpless even though my trainer was there helping me. I didn't freeze though. I kept typing away. But I need to do some more typing and control the call. The RP is not the boss here, I am.

Anyway, I'm still thinking of buying a Macbook. I think its a nice system. The only thing that's stopping me are the 2 laptops I already have. I might just give my other one to my sister. I don't know. I'm still thinking about it.

I haven't been able to talk to my friends lately. The ones that I do, I just say hi and goodbye to. That blows. We usually clown on people. I miss their insight on stuff... Its hard to hang-out after a shift to talk to my other classmates because it just feels like I'm gonna intrude on their training. I feel that way when they pass by, but its hard not to say hi to them. Just a few more weeks before we get signed-off and probably then, we could resume chatting with each other. I don't know, its just different....

Oh yeah... what's a surefire way of going straight to hell?

I'll save you a seat there....

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I sure felt sick a while ago. I wasn't sure if it was the food that I ate or if it was videogame I was playing and all the sudden moves that made me nauseous. Either way, I threw up twice and it sure hurt like hell. Now, I'm feeling hungry. Sure, thats because I just chucked all I ate! That's why I don't get people w/ bulimia. It hurts whenever you hurl, so why do it? Is it a mental condition? I just don't get it....

Anyway, that's not the big story that just happened...

One of the better young actors passed away hours ago.... Heath Ledger was found dead by a masseuse who, according to TMZ, called one of the Olsen twins' bodyguards who was an EMT, tried CPR, then called 911. Don't you just hate these 2nd hand info being passed around? I don't want to speculate on how he died. There are a lot of versions of it. I'll just say that he was a great actor who didn't want the limelight or the fame of being an actor. He just wanted to act. If I was able to sell my script, I'd make him one of my prospects in doing my movie. RIP, chap.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It seems like I'm blogging only on my days-off... I can live with that. I'm too tired to blog while thinking of the many mistakes I did during the day.

Anyway, I saw "Cloverfield" today. The movie wasn't straining to the eyes as I originally thought. It was cleverly done. The monster in the movie wasn't really given a full body shot till the end, and that wasn't a justified shot of the monster. Because of the different camera shots, the monster was either blocked from view or you can only get a glimpse of the monster. The ending wasn't bad. The people behind me thought that it kinda sucked, because they didn't know if the monster got killed in the end or not. That's the beauty of it. Its too open-ended that they could make another movie out of it. I guess that's typical Hollywood stuff there.

I think I'm improving my skills as a CT. Although when I asked my CTO if I improved or not, he kinda groaned. Bad sign. I don't think he's impressed with my skills. I improve and I always adjust. Experience is the mother of skill. The more I get to do this, the more skillful I become. Patience. I have that. But at the rate of most of us are going, they might not look favorable to that.

I know I have what it takes to do this job. Although I had moments of self-doubt, but don't we all have that? We sometimes get overwhelmed with the situation and make a big deal out of a small problem.

Experience is the mother of skill. Give me time.... I won't disappoint...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Finally after months of indecision, I took the plunge. I got an IPhone. I was supposed to wait for the newer version to come out, or if there were news from the recent Macworld expo this month of news of a newer IPhone. But, no news came out. That means there wouldn't be any new phone that would be coming out. So I went to the Apple store and just got one. Dude sed there that the current one has the 3G capability built into it so that was a no-brainer for me. All it would probably need is some update and it would kick in.

I gotta tell you, I'm impressed with the service at the Apple store. They know their stuff. As far as the IPhone, I'm very impressed with it. It's a cool device. I have no trouble with the reception here at home. I haven't tried to use it outside though. But so far, I'm liking it. I can't wait for the third party apps that's gonna come out in a couple of months.

Anyway, rest has been good. Although I've been sleeping very late in the night. That's not good. My body still hasn't adjusted to the time change. But, surprisingly, my body's not complaining though. I get by real well at work. It hasn't been all that stressful. I guess it depends on who your CTO is. And my current one is as laid back as me, so that's always good.

My former assistant at my old store called me and told me she would be heading to Newark to help with inventory. When I heard that, I said I'll be there but found out it was gonna be on a Friday, so I said some other time. Friday is my Monday. That's too bad because I wanted to see my old boss too. Oh well.... you can't have the best of both worlds, right?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I am enjoying my first day-off after 6 straight days. I think my body is still in shock, as far as the time change in my shift is concerned.

Anyway, I got my first DOR with my new CTO and he gave me a 5 somewhere! I really didn't look at the category, but a 5, that's good. I'm gonna like my new CTO. He's laid back and very patient w/ me. He wasn't really jumping in and taking over the call. He was making me do all the stuff. If I were making any errors or having a hard time with the line of questions, he takes over the questioning and I do the typing. That's cool. There were a few calls that I haven't done since I went into the CTO program. Sure it was talked about, but it was never discussed. Towards the end of the shift, he takes over the final hour. I think thats great. Its a way of decompressing the whole day, I think. I've already been through a tough day, so he takes over and finishes it. He's like a good closer.

Days are different than Swings. It's a different beast. Doing days, its a slow build-up. It was slow during the first few hours of the day and gets busy during the final 2 hours of the shift. You get your occasional property damage during the day and a lot of traffic accidents, especially for a Monday. Sometime after lunch, you get your calls from the school, whether its a fight, a little disturbance, or when its serious, a missing person. TRAC gets really slammed as they assign 3 people to it. Staffing, I thought, was full. It would be even better once the whole class gets signed-off. Swings is a much different beast. As soon as you sign in, you'll get serious calls and some confusing calls. The non emergent calls are more serious at night rather than the goofy ones during the day.

All in all, I like Days for the calls, but I like swings because of the schedule.

I'm thinking of getting an Iphone today. Well, probably not today. I might get one tomorrow. I don't know. Definitely before Friday. I'm tired....

My body still hasn't adjusted to the change... I still feel cranky tired...

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

This is my third day of de-stressing. I chose to shop as my venting process. I almost, in two days, spent all of my gift cards. I probably will by the end of the week. I got myself some BDs and a PS3! Its a good system. I really don't know what these guys are talking about. Its not a bad system. They just don't have that much games to begin with. And 2008 should be a banner year for the PS3. Most of their exclusive games are going to show up with the year, which includes Metal Gear solid 4. That game, I think, should be better than Halo 3.

Today is my last day off till next Tuesday. Yes, today is the last week of first rotation. I talked to my CTO and he said that he would talk to the Senior/Supp about my taking off early on Saturday to get ready for my first day in second rotation. From swings to days. That's not too much of a shock to the system. But still, 10 hour days together with a schedule change could prove to be my weakness.

I was watching the first 2 Resident evil movies to get ready for the next storyline in RE3. Lots of movies to watch. I'll be getting Sunshine today which I was waiting for since last year.

I've realized my mistakes last week. Now is the time to show up and break the monotonous showings I've done during the last week. By the end of the day, I'll be catching up with my studies. Of course, you can't really study for my line of work. You can only be ready for what's to come when that phone rings. Whether you're in primary or secondary, the call you get ain't the call you got. You just have to be prepared.

And that is what I'll be doing today...

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Big news out of the High Def wars... WB said they will support Blu-Ray and cease to make HD-DVDs after May. New Line is following WB's footsteps. That's a big blow to HD-DVDs and a major dent in the format wars. I'm looking forward to LOTR to be released on Blu-Ray.

I was a little confused today, startled and almost froze at some of the calls. I'll be honest, I don't know how to close a call. Sometimes I think I may have forgotten to ask something. I try to get the location fast enough, its just the matter of verifying if the addy is right. I got it though. This week is kinda hard on me though. I don't know why. It seems like I'm pre-occupied with something. I can't explain it.

I need to de-stress myself, I guess.

When I found out my sked for the next rotation, I thought I was gonna get 5 days off. But looking closely though, I may just get 4 hours of rest then sign back on. Our work week starts on Sunday. My sked right now ends on Saturday at 2am. My sked next rotation starts at 630am. I need to verify if I take days off or a day off or do I start at 630am. I'm gonna feel like a zombie that day. I need to verify that with my CTO... That sked change is going to be a killer.

I can feel it right now....

Thursday, January 03, 2008

First day of my third week of CTO training is in the books. I hate coming off of 3 days off. I have this momentary memory lapse the first few calls. I gather my bearings right after lunch, but still. This 3 day period of rest kind of disrupts my ebb and flow. I need to get used to this though.

I found out my sked for next rotation. I'm on Watch 1, with Larry Wiley. The bittersweet part of it is that I'll be getting SMT off w/ my current CTO, then I'll be getting 2 additional days off because Larry's days off are TWT. I'm gonna get a mini-vacation because of it. Its cool, I get to relax and gather my thoughts, but then again, I'll be away from the floor. Anyway, we'll see whats up with that when the time comes. I still have 7 days w/ Greg, so I'm cool.

I need to call my old landlord in Salinas. She sent me a bill. The crazy thing is that I already sent a payment so I'll double check on how much I really owe her. I'll probably pay her straight-up. That way, I won't have to worry next month if I need to pay her or not. Plus, I'll get to see if I could save a little money too.

I'm getting a little tired now.... I'll call it a night....

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Just got a call from my friend, Del, who just left work. Del and La Loca were, I'm assuming, coming from the locker and going down the elevator. Of course, I wasn't able to pickup the call so it went to VM. She left a VM that I would've left if I called and was sent to VM too. Anyway, she said that there were too many calls today that Watch 2 had to be held over, they let the trainees leave. Lots of 415s and 415W. Tis the season I guess....

I don't get the good calls.... I'm not saying I want to get them. Sooner or later I'd have to deal with them solo or w/ a CTO.... but I'm just saying...

Thank God I'm not working today....
Okay... I'm hearing a lot of FC right now... it must be the new year already. I don't know why a lot of people give way too much meaning to celebrating it though. Back in the PI, it was a HUGE deal! FC galore! And of course, the mess on the streets was not what the city workers would want to encounter. Sure there would be kind neighbors willing to clean up after the mess they did, but not all of them. Here, FCs are illegal, they are frowned upon when using it. It is sometimes mistaken for gunshots which is why we get a lot of crazy calls for it. Thank God I'm not working today! Apparently, my upstairs neighbor decide to celebrate the new year with some coitus action. Damn thin walls....

Just saw UFC 79, and I was unimpressed with the card, but the 2 headliners sure lived up to the billing. Liddell was the sure winner, he left Vanderlei bloodied and out of whack. Rampage was watching and was amazed because he fought the "Axe Murderer" twice and lost both of them. Then again, fighting in the cage is different than fighting in the ring, like Pride. Matt Hughes lost his match to GSP. He sure looked so defeated that he couldn't breakdown GSP's attack. I have a new found respect for GSP, he sure showed a lot of spunk in that match.

Saw a couple of movies earlier, Eastern Promises and the Lookout. Eastern Promises was a good movie. Violent and nice twist in the end. Great acting from Viggo. The Lookout was probably a movie nobody saw because there wasn't any fanfare surrounding it, but it was a solid movie. Nicely written. That Levitt kid sure can act. I might cast him in one of my movies if I decide to finish the damn screenplay I've been trying to write.

My current cellphone is acting up right now. Whenever I press the button to pickup a call, it ignores the call. So I have to re-dial the number to get a hold of the person who last called me. Its probably something minor and something that I could probably live with, but for the last 10 hours, I've been thinking of getting an IPhone. I had to talk to my brother so he could talk me out of buying one. I'm the impulsive one, he's the level-headed one and reasonable one in the family. I'm still pondering about that idea though. The thing that I don't like about it (aside from the monthly price and hefty price tag of the phone) is that I can't make any songs into my own ringtone. I have to purchase it through ITunes so I could use it. That blows. Out of the thousand of songs I already bought from those ITunes, they want to charge me again for the songs so I could make a ringtone. Talk about greedy. See, I could think like that every time I had some hunkering to buy an IPhone, I wouldn't be able to get one. I need to rationalize everything before jumping to it.

I might watch the Kingdom before I sleep. The FC noises are gone, so I guess that momentary fun is over with. People can get to sleep. Hopefully, my classmates in the control room didn't get too many crazy calls about FCs today.

I'm really relieved that I'm not working today....