The rumor is that the hammer will striketh at my work by 4/14/2011. I've been wavering between confident and worried, but again I'm feeling confident. It's not going to be pretty, because I think we're losing a lot of people, but it is what it is. If I survive, I will be grateful. Unfortunately I have about 2.5 more weeks to wait, potentially.
In other news, I had a fun weekend. Friday night I went out with Taylor, Ellen, Anna, and crew to the Pulp Fiction Quote-Along. It had been a while since I'd seen Pulp Fiction, and I forgot how awesome it was. I mean, I know it's an awesome movie, but I forgot all the different scenes of awesome, and definitely forgot about all the awesome dialog. I'm glad we went, and we got some free cap guns out of it!
Saturday night was our Decades party, and by Saturday morning I still had no idea what I was going to dress up as. Taylor and I went to Lucy in Disguise to find some costumes. I had been in there before, but I had never actually looked around for a costume there. There selection is sweet, and you can rent or buy the costumes, which is convenience. We both got 80s costumes, mine being 80s punk rock-ish. You'll have to check Facebook for them, because I don't have the pictures.
After a brief rendezvous with the family for dinner, I went to the house and got ready for the party. The party itself was fun, albeit filled with a little bit of drama. We had a keg, liquor, darts, beer pong, and a fair amount of people. I hit the sack around 3:30 AM.
Sunday was a much needed recovery day, which wasn't filled with very much at all.
Finally, we have yesterday. Nothing to highlight except our football game. Coming off a big win, we were unsure of how we would match against a team who was also 1-1, like us. After a tough start where they went up 7-0 immediately, we recovered remarkably. We scored 7 unanswered touchdowns, and won the game 49-8. I had a couple good runs and one good defensive play, but didn't do much this game which is okay. Our other teammates are good and we had a ton of interceptions, which is what killed them. We held them on the 5 yard line for 3 or 4 consecutive downs, and got the turnover. Now we are 2-1, and have a game against a winless team next week. No upsets, please.
It's been a good few days — well, mostly. Let's start with the good, enjoyable moments. Despite all the good, I'm currently in a bad mood (which I will get to) so I'm going to keep this short and sweet.
On Thursday, I took a half day from work to leave early and go see Justin's show at Weirdo's. From there, Taylor and I immediately drove downtown to see The Strokes for free at Auditorium Shores. I'm not a huge Strokes fan or anything, but it was free and a good show. They even shot off fireworks during their last song, which was cool.
Friday was mostly lounging around, and we were planning to see the Givers downtown at 7pm. Well, turns out they go on at midnight, and that it won't be as easy as we thought to get in. We got there and waited in a line for about an hour. If you're not aware, it was South By Southwest downtown the past week, and people can get badges or wristbands to get priority access to music shows. Badges get first priority (very expensive), and wristbands get in next. Since we had neither, we were in the lowest priority line to get into the show. Despite this, we were moving forward and high hopes, until we got to the front. We then realized that we weren't moving forward because people were getting in, but rather because the people in the front knew they couldn't get in and left. Once we got to the front ourselves, we saw the sad truth that we weren't getting in. We went to the bar next door, had a drink, then went home and called it a night.
The next day, I didn't do much. The Givers had another show that night, and Taylor was determined to see them, so we attempted it yet again. She had a good feeling about it, and she turned out to be right. We got in with no problem. There wasn't a line or anything. They put on a good show.
The highlight of Sunday was the Iranian New Year, which I celebrated with my family in Austin at my aunt's house. I also witnessed the abortion of a game by the Longhorns
Yesterday, Monday, we had our second flag football game (we lost our first game last week 7-0, by the way). This one turned out a lot better. We all arrived an hour beforehand, warmed up, did some drills, and overall had a good practice. It paid off because we won 48-28. I, myself, scored at least two touchdowns. I feel like I might have scored three but I can't remember. They were both 20-30+ touchdowns, where I just hauled ass and dodged everyone. I was quite proud of myself. It's a lot more fun when you win, huh? Hopefully we can ride this momentum into next week.
Now onto the bad. They announced a reduction-in-force last week (layoffs), and it's going to be primarily engineering and the program office (program management people, don't know who all that includes). There are a lot of rumors flying around, and I honestly don't know if I should be concerned or not. On one hand, I have work and I'm valuable on the program I'm working on. On the other hand, people here in Austin are concerned that we are going to get hit big time, so I'd be naïve to think that I'm exempt. Regardless of what happens, it's got me fairly stressed out. Not only am I worried about my own job, but the morale around here is just bad. It's sad to see so many people worried about their jobs, even if they don't outwardly say anything. This sucks.
Cross your fingers for me. Hopefully I'll be fine. If Austin gets hit big and I'm still around, it might be time to start looking for another job somewhere. Seems like they might be trying to phase out engineering here and focus more on manufacturing.
If the title to this post made you think of that crappy Staind song, then mission accomplished. Otherwise, I'm sure you're thinking of it now.
Let's get to it! Hope you're ready for a looooooooong update. Actually I'm going to summarize as much as possible, since some of this stuff is almost two weeks old.
Two Wednsedays ago, I was driving me and Andy back from work and we were stopped at a light. We were just sitting there talking, when all of the sudden my car lurched forward. I was very confused for the briefest of moments, looking around to see if I had somehow knocked it into a weird gear or I wasn't holding the brake properly. Then I looked at my rear view mirror and immediately realized what happened — a dumbass [woman] cruised right into the back of my car even though we were both stopped at a stoplight. Luckily there was no damage at all, but seriously? Judging based on the force of the impact, my guess is that she was stopped behind me and then thought that it was time to go. Why worry about the fact that no one is actually going yet? A car in your way? Pffft. Just drive. And that's what she did, right into the back of my car.
March 3 was the First Thursday for March. I went out with coworkers downtown-ish on South Congress and we went to Doc's, Hotel San Jose, and attempted to eat at the trailers. However, for reasons beyond me, they all were closed down even though it was only 10pm on First Thursday. Lame. We went to Homeslice instead for pizzas.
That Saturday (March 5), Taylor and I had signed up for Urbandare. We were looking forward to participating until the day ended up being a bit shitty for our tastes. Additionally, I was exhausted because I wasn't able to sleep well the previous night. So instead, I took a 2 hour nap. Hurray for sleep.
MS 150 Fundraiser @ Taco Deli
That night (Saturday night, March 5), I was invited to an MS150 fundraiser by one of my bosses. They had free Taco Deli buffet-style, free beer out of a keg, a silent auction, live music, and a live auction. It was fun, but it was outdoors at it was in the 50's that night. We stayed for a couple hours, and I actually won two items: an American flag blanket w/ my work's slogan on it, and a football signed for Mack Brown (for Travis's birthday present).
Flag Football returns
If you remember, about two years ago we had signed up for a flag football team over the summer. It was disastrous on many levels: the temperature, the suckiness of our team, etc. Well we're giving it another go this spring. In fact, our first game is tonight. We have 8 guys, 6 girls, and a whole lot of potential — mostly because I know nothing about our team. Let's see how we do this season!
That's all I have in me right now; this took took too much effort.