Tales of a Ninja Monkey

Friday, September 30, 2005

Giant Squid found alive!

So all of you that know me well know that I have been always been fascinated by the giant squid as well as all of the other "x-creatures" i.e: loch ness monster, sasquatch, yeti...etc. In particular I have been learning everything I could about giant squids since I was a little kid and how they are basically living dinosaurs. It is actually kind of crazy because not a day before this discovery, which was announced on Wednesday, I had some friends over and I was talking about this exact thing, and how there is so much that we cannot explain and that species that we have thought died out millions of years are still on the planet such as the coelacanth, which has been on the planet for almost 400 million years, predating the dinosaurs by millions of years. This fish was thought to have died out during the mass extinction 65 million years ago until they caught one of the Chinese coast in the 1980's. Anyway, the discovery of the giant squid was such a landmark because although we have known they have existed because they are found dead on the shores, this is the first time one has ever been seen alive...... ever. It is also fascinating to think that the snow leopard was thought to be a legend until the 1970's when a film crew documented them for the first time. The snow leopards were so perfectly adapted to their environment that they could see humans (or anything else that they wanted to hide from) from almost two miles away and duck in the snow and you could walk past one without even knowing it was there.

The giant squid that was photographed was relatively small measuring 8 meters (26 feet) which about the size of a school bus. The largest one on record measured 18.5 meters (59.5 feet) and weighed 1 ton. My only question was why they waited this long to make this discovery public. The photographs were taken almost a year ago yet the pictures were just released on Wednesday, so why would they wait to show one of the greatest marine scientific discoveries of our time.

Lastly, there are still hundreds of uncharted forests in California where there are numerous "bigfoot" sightings every year, so who knows what could be next. I guess this proves that truth really is stranger then fiction.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

So I was fired on Monday

How about that for title? Well now that I have your undivided attention I will try and explain the situation. Let me start a week ago from Monday which was the 12th... ( insert hazy dream sequence intro). So I get an email from my head boss who lives in Portland saying that she was giving the new guy (who has worked with us for like 2 months) my Tuesday shift. This made my new schedule Wed-Fri: 3:30pm-9pm and Sat: 10am-3pm. This gave me Sunday thru Tuesday off which for most people would be great except I like working, it keeps me busy and I feel productive. I have been working steadily since I was 15 so when I have too much time off I go stir crazy. This left me with only 22 hours as opposed to my normal 27.5. At the time I felt as though her (the boss') decision was justified because he had sold more then I had during the month of August. So as upset as I might have been I was willing to accept it because we are in sales and it is pretty cutthroat. ( insert fade into present) Ok so here we are on this Monday which was the 19th and I was bored sitting at home so I decided to go shopping. What can I say, I grew up with three sisters and my mom. The only testosterone in the house came from me and my dad so needless to say we were vastly outnumbered. Anyway back to Monday, so when I get home around 2 or 2:30 I notice I have a message on my voicemail. It was from the woman who does our hiring saying: "Hey John, this is ---, I just got off the phone with ------ (my boss) and your assignment with Comcast is done. Call me if you have any questions."

And I was like WTF! So I immediately called my Portland boss, which lucky for me it went to her voice mail because it probably would not have been the best conversation to have at that moment with me freaking out. I called Marcela but she was not home from classes yet, so I called my dad. It was one of those conversations that all of us have done, where we revert to 3rd graders and call our parents as soon as something bad happens. The conversation started out with me saying something like, "Dad I am freaking out, I think I just got fired, school starts on Monday, I have to get books, I have to get ready, I have to......" and so on. In case you do not know me very well, I have said before and I will say again that I will count myself incredibly blessed if I ever end up becoming half the man my father is. So he did his magical (logical) dad thing and calmed me down and gave me his advice. It does not help when he is telling me how proud he is of me no matter what happens and that they (my parents) will always be there for me. So after I calmed down I took his advice and wrote an email to all of the people above me with authority and expressed my confusion as to why this happened now. It was an understandingly long email which I will spare you, so I will paraphrase it by just stating some of my main points:

1. I had admitted to them in an email in August that I had realized my sales were down and that I was going to refocus during the month of September. I proved this by meeting if not beating 3 out of the 4 goals they set for me for September and the month is not even over yet. So why do this now? Why not fire me when the August sales first came in, not wait 3 weeks and allow myself the time to improve.

2. Why the company decided to keep the man who is/was my supervisor in Eugene after he cost the company as much as $200,000 or more because he had his car stolen where he had like 6 months of paperwork including people's social security numbers in the trunk of his car when it was stolen.

I did not get a reply until almost 24 hours later which was from the Portland boss solidifying and finalizing her decision. The worst part of her email was that she questioned my work ethic.
Wow. This is part of my final email that I sent them yesterday:
"It makes me wonder how ------ (boss) measures "work ethic". I personally would consider getting fired over the phone a display of not only poor work ethic, but terrible public relations. Not only was I let go over the phone, it was on my answering machine when I got home. This shocked me with its brazenness, and disregard for employee relations."

So pardon the cliche but: "You got Served!"
In case you were wondering why I waited to tell people, I wanted to get some answers before went on like a blabering idiot.

So as with many times in life we have to roll with the punches, and recognize that when one door closes another one opens. Namaste.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Template: 1 John: 0

So as you might have noticed I changed my template a few nights ago. I had a revelation while switching templates, if you ever decide to change yours keep this in mind: when you see this warning from blogger "Your current template will be replaced and any customizations you've made will be lost. Do you wish to continue?" before doing anything SAVE YOUR WORK! I of course did not do this so when I clicked "continue" thinking that I could retrieve and or recover my old template if I did not like the new one, to which I found myself bitch-slapped by blogger. All I would have needed to do was save my setting as a Word document, hell I could have even used one of most useless programs for the PC had I used Notepad. Because seriously, who uses notepad? So after getting aggravated and talking to my computer screen I looked at this as a blessing in disguise. It would finally get me motivated to start tweeking some of the settings and adding more stuff to the sidebar so that I could make this the new and improved home for the ninja monkey. So for now check out my currently listening selction and currently reading for updates.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

And now for something completely different

So I just saw this on my friend Sara's Blog and I had to take the challenge.
I am nerdier than 68% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!/ .
Post your score in the comments if you so desire. And by that I mean, if you recieved a lower score then me I want to know about it, afterall one of the last questions was something like "why did you take this test" and my answer was that I needed to prove something to someone. But I am crazy like that, let me know what you think. I will say that I am little upset about the "low-ranking nerd" score, I believe I am much higher. And it bothered be that none of the questions were comic book related, if so my ranking would be much higher.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kanye West, the man, the myth, the man who blatantly called out "W"

For those of you who do not know who Kanye West is, well you have probably have been living under a rock the past two years. He has had his hand in almost every hip-hop hit to become hot since his first album College Dropout dropped on Febuary '04, with his second album Late Registration released on Aug.30. Although he may not be my favorite hip-hop artist by far I cannot denie that as a producer he is up there with the likes of Prince Paul and The Neptunes. His catchy hooks and his "groomed but still rough" look has helped add to his sucess. I am not writing this post as a hype for the man, but rather writing this because I have a new respect for him for calling out our wonderful president in a live NBC concert on friday to raise funds for Katrina.

  • Full article here

  • "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor,the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."

    "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food."

    Keeping in mind that this concert was live and simulcast to all of the NBC affiliates on the east coast and this comment went uncensored until it was taped and re-broadcast on the west coast. He is not alone in thinking that our "rescue" efforts are bullshit. My Aunt Stacy's family who has lived in New Orleans for generations are experiencing this first hand. Both her brother and her sister's houses have been completely destroyed, and her parents were one of the many people who refused to leave and we have not heard from them yet. When her brother and his family were forced to evacuate he only had 2 pairs of shorts and the shoes he was wearing. I really do not like playing the ethnicity card on this one but my family is black and when police and national guardsmen and women are given orders to shoot on sight I have to agree with Kanye in stating that there is going to be a lot of racial profiling and that hurts everyone. And yes, I know New Orleans is built on a delta and the delta has been sinking for over a hundred years, but that does not excuse the government irresponsibility and almost unwillingness to act thoughtfully.

    EDIT: Tuesday Sep. 6th
    I just talked to my dad and My Aunt Stacy's parents are alive. She talked to them on saturday night and they had stayed in their house for 4 days while the strorm was right pummeling their house. They finally came out into chest high water where a helicopter took them to a fairground for evacuees, they were later taken to Austin, Texas. Things like this remind us how precious life is and we should treasure everything we have. All you have to do is tell someone that you love them and remind them how much they mean to you, I think everyone should make time do this.