Friday, September 29, 2017

Courier life

I got my pay raise on my last check, so I cleared an extra $100 on my weekly pay check. I don't have a regular route yet, but I did fill in this week for a guy who hurt himself. He always struck me as being useless since he tagged along with a guy who is rather good at what he does and basically the one guy does the work while the other just hauls it back to the station. Being the guy who hauled, I found myself very bored, but being paid better makes it not hateful. I usually start at 5:30 and don't lunch and get home after 10:30, but these two have to start at 3 and take a break so they aren't over 6 hours without a break when they get back and help with the sort. That said I put in an extra 8 hours this week than last, so my check should be $100 more than this past check.
The huge downer of the promotion is that my kids get home from school after 3, so I don't see them much. I hadn't seen J during week regularly for almost a year, so it isn't too strange, I guess.
If I stay on this particular route, I can still donate plasma without any conflict. I donate at 1, so I am done at 2. Though I work at 3, the first hour is literally driving to the location we have our pick up. After an hour, we can take our 30 minute break. Nothing at this location is heavy. It's just documents and movies. Lots of each, but still they weigh nothing compared to the normal warehouse work I had been doing, but now get to do after 8pm. Sure I feel meh after a boring hour long drive, but I'm physically rested and my plasma donation isn't an issue.
Easy money is what I want make. Plasma donation is easy, but long term, I don't think it's worthwhile.
I made $450 in the month of September. I had a coupon for $300 if I donated 5 times within 30 days, but the way the center rates work is $20 for 1st visit of a week and $50 for a second visit in the same week. My 5 visit was on a Monday, so I go another $50 the next time I went in. The place was having $30 bonus to those who donate 7 times in the month of September, so my next visit was $50, then the following 8th visit was the 2nd in the same week.
Everything is a fluke, so I'm not going next week to allow my body to recover completely.
Plasma donation is win-win. I may sound greedy, but I also know my plasma will be used to save lives. My father have ivig treatments, and they helped him greatly to maintain a level of functioning. I want to be charitable in win-win ways. I don't have financial resources to give, but I can find ways to be just as good. I have my older children in scouts, so I think pushing them to be good citizens is a sort of charity given what good works those organizations spur.
I want to end cancer and gastroparesis. What all I can do without throwing money I don't have towards them, I don't quite know, yet.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

too hot to stain.

90 degrees is too hot to stain, so the weekend was a waste. Saturday, I fought off feelings of a migraine and slept earlier than usual.
Today, the big annoyance was the Epson printer having some sort of paper jam.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Closest full of shoes I don't wear.

K got back from camping/canoeing yesterday morning before I started my second day of deck cleaning, but I didn't take note of his killing his older shoes until J decided to have him try on a pair of mine.
I have several pairs of shoes I have yet to wear from our trips to the outlet stores. I have never worn my Adidas running shoes, my Warhols, and a couple other Converse, while the Sambas were only worn during last year's vacation.
The pair she took weren't my favorites, but were $9.99, hence I got them. They're too big for him still, so they're still mine.
I have a number of dress shoes I don't wear. I bought 3 pairs of shoes from Bass shortly before I was let go from my last job that required them... 6 years ago.
Not sure I will ever wore in an office setting again, but shoes fit and are in mint condition, so I can't let them go. The dress shirts and pants have been worn, yet I can't get rid of them because I have to have something with which to wear those shoes, right?
They're like old friends. They're always there, it seems. I'm probably bad for neglecting them and not giving them a proper home, but I'm selfish and rather hoard in case I need them.
J tried to get me to throw out my jeans that I had couldn't fit into... joke is on her because I can fit into them again. When I donate plasma, their scale says I weigh roughly 160lbs. Probably 15lbs less than a year ago, but then again, I used to weigh roughly 150lbs when I bought the jeans back in 2014.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Systems thoughts

When I was much younger, I thought being president would be an occupation that would be cool. My dad said it was dumb to want to be president. He said people go broke running for it and that everything in your life gets amplified to the point family and friends don't have privacy.
Why is being president so attractive? Fame and power have the negatives. People have exposed themselves as being deranged in their dislike of certain political entities.
I've come to the conclusion being President is goal-thinking. If I want to be rich and famous like the president, a systems approach would be simple to implement and adjust accordingly.
A year ago, I stumbled upon Scott Adams and his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. It basically affirmed a number of my beliefs that have evolved since high school.
Whenever approaching a system, a vague improvement is better than an absolute goal. I used to do an annual SWOT of my family. I had a management class in grad school, and SWOT was one of the things covered.
In my systems approach, I pursued jobs that fit my needs. My strengths were that I can do most things, but my weaknesses revolved around child care being more expensive than certain jobs would afford, thus working around my wife's schedule made most sense. Opportunities were getting raises and more part-time hours, while threats were elements of living paycheck to paycheck.
My wife never truly adopted my systems approach, so I guess my lack of persuasion was a weakness and threat to my endeavour of being debt-free, and all the benefits of being debt-free
Life changes, so SWOT changes. My kids are now older and my mom now lives near us and is able to help watch my kids. I have more flexibility to work hours during the day.
Back to being rich and famous, my personality is such that I don't really like being around crowds of people. Systems approach would suggest I work on the connections I currently have and let those connections expand organically.
Obvious connections are neighbors and co-workers in addition to existing friends and family. Find common points of interest and develop conversation accordingly. Keep everything simple and avoid areas of controversy.
People are usually conversation starved, but be aware of their time and your potential to be a pest. Five minutes is long enough to annoy people, so keep things short and allow for more conversation next time you see your acquaintance. Avoid diarrhea of the mouth. Twitter thrives because 140 characters is quick and easy, thus allows following seem reasonable. People will drop you on Twitter if you tweat too much and bore or offend them.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


I did the plasma donation thing on Saturday. I was expecting something mildly horrible, but it was basically like getting blood drawn. I went again, today, my birthday, and it was no worse than Saturday.
I've had a bit of blood drawn over the years given my thyroid condition. Most phlebotomists are okay, but enough of them suck, then there's always the waiting while fasting.
Plasma donation takes an hour, but you are hooked up and having something done. The people doing the draws haven't been too hateful in my two visits.
My main annoyance is that I have carpal tunnel and get hand cramps easily from the pumping my hand and making a fist for extended periods of time.
$110 so far. Easily clearing $25/hr during the time that I invest into this endevour that is actually important to many lives.
My deceased father had ivig treatments for years. He complained about the cost. I called him a vampire. Yes, I said that to him because his logic was that something that helps others should be free. People donate plasma for $, so one would think that free plasma would be taken from uncompensated "donors." Very vampire-like... to get plasma treatments for no cost.
Not sure what I'll do with my blood money.