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2 Jobs and a New Series
Posted on Thursday, October 2 2008 @ 20:37:29 Eastern

Man, having two jobs is killing me.

The first is actually simple sort of. I work at EB Games in New York, one of the few that are left, actually, in the evenings for four hours a day, 2-3 days a week on average. Not too strenuous, even though it's crooked anyway (but thats another story...), but it's simple work, not too many annoying customers and despite the turmoil with the bigwigs who care more for dollars then the souls of the people were trying to help, it's at least bearable.

The newer job, a pernament substitute for at least a month at a school called Annex D, is "fun." Essentially I got the job because two teachers were arrested and cannot work until their court date, a month away. It's a minor charge they will get out of easily, but, it gives me a job.

The problem is the school gives a new meaning to "hard knocks." Since this is a special ed, secluded school, there are maybe 50 kids, but all of them are foul mouthed, loud, and rarely do their work. My kids, the ones I teach the most, actually do their work, there 9th graders who are trying to do the right thing and have matured a lot over the years. The problem is that there not there yet, and when one constantly dances while yelling the words "CRIPPP" all the time...it gets annoying sometimes.

The other problem is all the other kids (who range from 6-9th grade, with the 9th graders being the calmest ones who actually do work.) are pretty much nuts. I had to pull one kid off the back of  a yellow bus. I mean on the outside, because he was hanging on the handle in the back, as the bus was moving. Another student I had to help restrain because she flipped out and tried to run away from the staff members and the CIT room (CIT is crisis intervention, kind of like a detention room where your not supposed to talk to other students and discuss what happened. It works in theory, but since the school gets little funding, the CIT room here is basically a classroom where all the kids have no restrictions, making it more like day camp if it wasn't for the CIT teacher in there who can literally **** up the other kids.)

So it's a rough time, and I do feel uncomfertable there because as a teacher I prefer the laid back approach; meaning tell the kids what I feel they should do, why I think it's a bad idea, and hope they make the right decision. And if things get out of hand, I need to raise my voice a bit.

But I digress. The other thing I wanted to mention was a new idea I had, the "From The Well" series, which is me, every week as faithfully as I can, reviewing a game from the consoles past, (not current gen games unless it's on the virtual console or X-box live, because that is the only place I can get to older games, from the NES and arcades, basically. These reviews are mostly retrospectives unless I own the game still (and therefore play it to make sure it's accurate.) and I think it will be a nice change of pace, a way for me to channel some energy into something besides work and the fighter showdown. So I hope you guys read it, the first one was put up yesterday (the Psychonauts review.) and I will update it again Sunday night, and thereafter every Sunday night.

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College Loans and Deferrment
Posted on Monday, September 15 2008 @ 19:11:16 Eastern

Yeah...im in a rut because I need to begin paying college loans soon and I can't defer them unless I can go to grad school today. And because of the bullshit with my degree conferral, I couldn't register for anything until now, meaning for the Spring semester for everything basically. 

Some schools around here are still accepting applications, but I am still trying to apply to grad school for the Spring, as well as juggle the job hunt. I am also trying to get teachers to send it letters of recommendation, gather enough money for the application fees, and try and keep health insurance all at the same time, because once I begin paying loans without deferment, I can't hold onto that either.

Anyone who has gone through this have any advice? I am trying to find a way to get into grad school quite literally now, so that I can defer my loan for a while longer and not worry about paying it, as well as keep my health insurance.


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Lucky me?
Posted on Friday, September 12 2008 @ 09:48:22 Eastern

Well I got a call from a local high school here, and they said that they have an opening for a social studies class and were wondering if I was available for an interview tomorrow!

So, damn, excited right now. I just got my certification a week ago and now I might actually have a job, even though the market is bad and I have been looking for one (illegally) for the past four months, sending resumes and discussing positions with people all over New York.

Let's hope it goes well...I really hope it goes well. Getting this job would justify the hard work of not only graduating college, but also from my own front of looking for one and dealing with the bullcrap that goes with it, plus the unseen circumstances of the witholding of my degree and my certificate.

So I hope I get the job. For now it's a longshot, but it's better than no shot.

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Finally
Posted on Sunday, August 31 2008 @ 12:50:07 Eastern

I got my degree, and my teaching certificate!

It's about damn time too, because I have been waiting for it since JUNE. Now it's late, meaning I can't get a job anywhere unless I get called in by a principal, so all my initial shopping for...   read more...

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Lost my Touch
Posted on Tuesday, August 12 2008 @ 09:59:16 Eastern

After three weeks of barely playing Rock Band, I finally got back on it. Mainly because my guitar is finally in working order again, a month ago the fret button wouldn't work at all, making me fail some easy songs both off and online (so to everyone ...   read more...

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Total Control and Setting Standards
Posted on Monday, July 14 2008 @ 12:24:13 Eastern

Well, like a lot of the fretwork freaks out there (Nick), I think I nearly orgasmed when I saw the new setlist for Rock Band 2 today, over 80 songs strong, and almost every single song alone can be a make or break deal for a game like Guitar Hero in ...   read more...

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Goddamn Mother****ing COLLEGE ARGH!!!!
Posted on Tuesday, July 8 2008 @ 19:00:52 Eastern

Yeah, i'm ****ing pissed off right now if you didn't notice.

I got a letter from my college in the mail two days ago saying I cannot get my degree because my degree conferral has been denied. After four years of working my ass off, receivi...   read more...

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Forum Woes
Posted on Thursday, May 29 2008 @ 19:28:36 Eastern

Until the forums come back, I am not going to be doing much here. I planned on writing two member reviews today, actually. One for GTA IV, and one for Viking, the game that I picked up on Monday and gave up on Wednesday. Good thing it was a rental.read more...

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The Sequel Effect, Part I, Conglomerates and Popular Culture
Posted on Wednesday, May 14 2008 @ 15:42:49 Eastern

In the forums recently was a topic that argued how games are possibly taking a backseat in creativity, as sequels are constantly pumped out that become major productions for the respected developers. For me, this is a critical topic for the gaming...   read more...

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More Poetry!?!?
Posted on Sunday, May 11 2008 @ 12:32:09 Eastern

yeah...sadly...im that bored and after writing another essay for school, and instead of doing my planned vox pop articles, I wrote this little thing instead.

Colorful Expression

Red, blue, yellow, green,
and all the colors in ...   read more...

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