Archive for April, 2003


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003

Woohooo! I had an interview today! And it went very well I think. It was at A.G. Edwards downtown and the job is a R&D, eval and design type position. That would be so cool. I am all set. I sure hope I get it.

One weird thing was the application you have to fill out. Pretty basic stuff except you have to account for EVERY job you’ve ever gotten a paycheck from. Hwuh? I don’t have that kind of info! I don’t remember the address of Six Flags or Hardees that I worked at in High School. I don’t know contact info for supervisors I don’t remember at Wal-Mart. Hell I didn’t even have addresses for any of my previous jobs. It’s just never been needed before. So needless to say there were a lot of blanks. Hopefully that won’t come back to haunt me. That and they supposedly do a FBI background check too. Since they are a stock trading company I guess that is important. I wonder what skeletons they will be able to dredge up from my younger years.

Got my taxes finally done tonight too. That’s a relief. Need to go make copies and mail it all off tomorrow. Refunds! Wheee!

Big News

Tuesday, April 1st, 2003

OK everyone I have some fairly significant news to share. I know this may seem out of character to some but I think its something that has been a long time in coming. Perhaps I should start at the beginning.

Friday night I stopped at a happy hour for an old friend of mine. While there I met a really nice girl and talked to her most of the night. Near closing time we had exchanged numbers and she invited me to a get-together her church was putting on for Saturday. I agreed and went home to sleep off the beers.

On Saturday I called her and we talked for a bit and she told me about this get-together. She’s a pretty religious person and I’m not so I had my doubts. But I was curious and had nothing better to do so we got together that afternoon and she told me more about her beliefs. I gave her some of my old arguments and she had answers for most everything. After a while I started warming up to her ideas and thought this church thing at night might not be such a bad idea.

We had dinner together and went to a married couple’s house for the party. It was a really nice house in a pretty good neighborhood. All very impressive. I met may of the people and was quickly introduced to the church leader. He was a very nice guy and quite friendly. I talked with him for a little bit and then he broke away to address everyone kind of like a sermon but much more enjoyable than a regular Catholic church type thing. They are an evangelistic group but they don’t have a TV show or anything. It’s a smaller off-shoot of some bigger group. I don’t have all those details yet. However after talking to the girl for so long and then hearing this guy talk and mingling with the others there I started to feel really comfortable with these people. I got a chance to talk to the leader a bit more towards the end of the night and he explained more of how they worship and what they try and do for the community and how they spread their faith. He was genuinely interested in me and what I had to say and I had to admit to him that I was quite intrigued and interested. Talking to him things sort of just started to click. I started realizing that a lot more of what their way offered fit me more than I would have ever expected. He told me about some more services that they have throughout the week and asked me if I would join them. Before I knew it I was saying yes and by the end of the night I was participating in their final sermon. This will be a big turning point in my life with some big changes.

As I learn more about this new faith there will be many changes in my life. I decided that this morning. I felt renewed and alive for the first time in a long time this morning. From what I remembered from the talks with the girl and from talking with their group leader I started making some changes around the house. I poured out all the beer that was in the fridge. I boxed up all the hard liquor. There is a lot of money in that and I will give it to someone as a gift. I shut down all the extra computers except this one. I need to be able to communicate this great change in my life to everyone so I will keep this one on for a while longer. Can’t change all at once now can I? I also boxed up all my DVDs and CDs so that I can eventually take them all in and sell them. Material possesions is one of the things I know that I am supposed to cut down on so I better start there. The Xbox and PS2 went with them into the boxes. I’m not sure if I’ll need to give up the TV yet or not. I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough. So anyway I’ll spend the rest of the day cleaning up all this useless crap I have accumulated over the years.

I have another meeting with the group leader later on today. He had mentioned that since I was out of work that there were special opportunities I might qualify for within their group. I guess they are always looking for people with time on their hands to help out. He also mentioned some travel possibly but was kind of vague on that. Either way I’ve had nothing going on in my life for so long, so I’m up for anything. I’m excited about what I can learn from these people and how I can help out. Cleaning up the stuff around the house has been kind of a rush this morning knowing that I am starting a whole new chapter in my life. I’m really anxious to find out more. I’ll keep everyone informed for as long as I can until they finally ween me off my computer. That may take a while but who knows.