Ranting and raving and carrying on

Just a few random thoughts about random stuff. Warning - may contain profanity

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Location: Toronto-ish, Ontario, Canada

Just a guy... Bit of a geek, but who isn't these days?

Monday, January 30, 2006

Still here...

Still in Singapore, too. Found out my flight out of here, coupled with my flight to Argentina, gives me about 3 hours in Toronto total. Given that it takes half an hour to reach my house from the airport (assuming no traffic), and that I need to be in the airport a couple of hours before departure, I won't be getting home between these two audits, which sucks.

On the other hand, I'm going to Argentina, and I've just had 4 weeks in Singapore (well, 3 in Singapore, 1 in Hong Kong), so maybe I should just shut up about how much my life stinks, eh?

Anyway, Singapore is pretty cool - if you like shopping, it's basically heaven. I picked up a pair of black Converse hi-top sneakers here for $50 Singapore, or about $35 CDN (compare with about $85 CDN back home). And yes, I'm sure they're really Converse - I bought them at the Converse store where I was all but ignored by staff wearing Converse shirts. There's other deals to be had here - if you can afford the airfare and the hotel. Of course, you could probably save a lot more by not paying the airfare or hotel and just shopping at home, but what fun would that be?

Sunday, January 22, 2006

No excuse for it...

I'm a lazy sod. I mean, I was off work for an entire month in December, and I still didn't update this frigging thing. That sort of sucks. I have started another blog, over at Livejournal, you can click here to view it. Between that one and this one, maybe I can keep one of them updated semi-regularly?

So what's going on? Well, I'm in Singapore right now, in the middle of another audit. I'm going to Argentina next month, so I will have hit every inhabited continent except Australia by the end of February.

Also, I majorly screwed up at work last month - I ran my first audit, and completely dropped the ball. There's checklists for the audit leader to use before the audit, during the audit, and after the audit. Well, I followed the checklists pre-audit and during the audit no problem, but as soon as I sent out the final report I completely forgot about the third checklist - a whole bunch of work didn't get done, and then I dropped off the map work-wise, so my boss couldn't contact me to tell me I was missing stuff, so she had to do it. She was pretty cool about it when I talked to her, but it was a major fuckup on my part.

I've been thinking about my job lately anyway, and I've realized that this is not what I like to do. I don't like rating other people's work, I want to get out and create new stuff. I was happy as a technical security specialist in my previous job, because I got to invent stuff and solve problems. Now all I do is criticize other people's work, which majorly sucks. I think it may be time to move on soon. I only have 9 months left in the assignment, but I'm not sure if I can wait that long. Besides, as fun as it may sound, continual travel is a complete nightmare - I had to overcome a 13-hour time difference in one day on this trip, and going back I'll have one day (maybe two) to overcome the time difference in the other direction.

I don't know, maybe I'll just call a corporate headhunter and see what they can find for me. Bleah.

The other crappy thing is I've basically lost my military commission - I haven't contacted the unit in about 4 months, which effectively makes me AWOL. They won't arrest me (I think), they'll just drop-kick my ass out of the army completely.

I dunno, the first couple of weeks of this year it felt like I was trying to pick up the pieces of my life out of a pool of molasses or something - really depressing and lethargic. I think I'm doing a bit better now, but we'll see.