Friday Five, social quirks

Friday Five baby!

Would you say that you’re good at keeping in touch with people?
I am probably one of the worst people who keeps in touch with their friends physically. This is mostly because of my job’s demands on time, so I keep in touch via e-mail and messenger programs. Who knows though, perhaps my next one will be a bit more normal and I can get back into the swing of things.

Which communication method do you usually prefer/use: e-mail, telephone, snail mail, blog comments, or meeting in person? Why?
Well, I actually love meeting people I chat with on-line and have met about 20 or so of my chat buddies in some form or another. I usually stick with messenger types of programs simply because of their real-time nature.

Do you have an instant messenger program? How many? Why/why not? How often do you use it?
I use the big three: AOL, Yahoo! and MSN. I am always on Yahoo! and MSN because they have the nifty hide feature which doesn’t pop up a message in the middle of working on something. I have been embarrassed way too many times when an inappropriate message pops up with AOL Instant Messenger. Usually, my boss or some other important person is standing right next to me and a friend will send me a dirty joke or something. Talk about embarrassment… 😉

Do most of your close friends live nearby or far away?
My closest friends love close by to where I live.

Are you an “out of sight, out of mind” person, or do you believe that “distance makes the heart grow fonder”?
I firmly believe that distance does make the heart grow fonder, especially with relationships.

Applebees sucks

Devina went to dinner yesterday with a friend to a local Applebees and she was kind enough to get me a steak. She got it medium rare, which for me is a bit overcooked for my taste. I like my steaks “black and blue” (as rare as possible) because anything over medium-rare destroys natural flavor of a meat. However, if I am in a place where I do not trust the meats, I will usually get my meat medium for fear of getting sick. Applebees and any similar restaurant (Fridays, Houlihans, Olive Garden, etc.) would be one of those places where I would not trust the meat, so I would always opt for medium cooked meats and have lots of steak sauce on hand to compensate for the loss of flavor. This big ass steak wasn’t half bad, but their chefs must have been sleeping or something because half of it was well done and the other half was pretty rare. It was also fairly charred. This tells me the moron over-seared it and then left the frying pan off-center or hung the edge of the pan inside the burner and left the other half up in the air. I really didn’t notice this while I was eating because Devina and I were having our “How was your day?” chat. When I did notice it, I pretty much stopped eating it, put it away and hoped I wouldn’t get sick today.

Now I have a damn stomach ache… This is the eff’ing reason I don’t frequent these types of restaurants nowadays…

I really hope it just continues to be a small tummy ache because I was too late to have breakfast. I really don’t want to be hunched over the damn toilet a few hours from now… Man, and I had such a long streak without paying homage to the porcelain god. :ugh:

Mmmmmmmmmmm

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a couple of pickle slices in it…

Actually, I used to love stuffing Doritos into hamburgers to make them crunchy. Ahh, the stomach of a 10 year old. 😀

Yes, these food combinations may gross some of you out, but I love each… Care to share your odd food combinations?

Future endings and beginnings

The CEO just had everyone in the company meet in our warehouse for a special announcement.

In the past month or so, there’s been speculation that the company was going to move because we’re just too damn crowded here. Some folks were spreading a rumor that is was all going to happen this November, but I just couldn’t see the company doing that to the folks working here. We’re treated much too well to be forced to look for another job in such a short amount of time.

The meeting we just got out of confirmed all of the rumors. However, the main headquarters where I am located in North Jersey will be moved to Albany, NY and it will not happen until the end of May next year. They are also giving everyone a very generous severance package at the end of May which is unheard of nowadays. The company will also continue everyone’s medical coverage for a short while and offer the services of employment agencies to get everyone new jobs a few months before the final date.

Understandably people were very sad and most started sobbing. This is really the best place I have worked for this far in my life because it’s like a family here. Most around me are scared, but it’s a hell of a lot better than how I left my last job. I was the second person layed off that day with only one week’s pay and no health insurance beginning that instant. In the span of 5 minutes, I was given a crappy “Sorry” speech, handed a small check and escorted out of the building. I didn’t sob that day, but I must admit a shed a single tear seeing the Alpha Technologies building in my rearview mirror while driving back home. I was scared, didn’t have much money saved up and out of a job in an instant. Several months later, I called this place home.

Today, I am only sad that I will have to leave this family next year and be forced to join another one. However, given the fact that I have a long time to look for a new job, I am grateful it didn’t turn out like my last job. This company is doing the layoff thing right and for that I am eternally grateful.