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I've been getting used to my new team at work, now that training is over. It's just like starting over, as John Lennon once sung. The new shift, 10-7 is nice in the morning, but I miss getting home early. Last Wednesday I had to work a noon to 9 shift to cover for people out in our Denver Office. That's a shift I'd rather not have to work much, despite the fact I got a lot done Wednesday morning.

The team seems to be...well...unmotivated. I've heard through the rumor mill that it's a very underperforming team and the three of us new folks who have been assigned to it are expected to kick butt. I hope that's true, but since I'm not used to these call center metrics I know it's going to be a while before I'm up to speed.

What's interesting is to hear that the team isn't producing, then realizing that my new team manager is someone I used to work with at AIM Investments a few years back. I didn't know her well as she was in the Austin office and I was in Houston, but there still a few things I remember about her and what people said. I'm afraid they weren't all that good, but I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Given a shared background, there's more opportunities to build bridges right now than start building defenses.

Randy ([ profile] lostncove) had a nice twist on the "ten secret messages" meme the other day that I think I'll steal.

Here are ten secret messages I've been passive-agressively keeping from MYSELF.

1. You really need to open up and stop being so defensive
2. You really need to be more positive about your abilities
3. When you say you embrace change, make that more than a resume statement
4. Your negative body image is starting to get out of control
5. Your new shift should mean no more late afternoon snacks because you are bored
6. I know you like your doctor, but if you aren't going to take the medicines he prescribes, you need to re-evaluate
7. Your loss of being able to hear voices distinctly in a crowd shouldn't become the excuse not to socialize
8. Pool parties are not torture
9. Keeping up with people can lead to great things. you should do it more often
10. Procrastination is your worst vice, much more than being overweight.
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Time for a few answers...

First, [ profile] braddumm asks: "Explain the moniker "Eggwards"

Back in college all of the Tubads - the tuba section of the Univ. of Houston Marching Band - got nicknames. There's a some thought put into the names and a big naming ceremony for the new guys, much like what you see in "Animal House." I was given the nickname "Egg". Two reasons for that, first, I was new to playing tuba and second it was a description of my shape - belly shape mostly. Needless to say, the name stuck.

When first getting on the internet i needed a name, and I was surprised to see that Egg was already taken. Occasionally people would take my last name, Edwards, and mix it up with the nickname putting it together, hence Eggwards. It's been my online persona ever since.

Once i started getting involved with the bear community I still used the same name and never really changed to something bear or cub related.

Second, Peter ([ profile] texaspenguin) asks: "What's your favorite part about Dallas?"

That's a tough one. I like that the restaurants are easy to find. heh. There's some good people, but it's hard to get together, especially when you're not one to be outgoing and get everyone together.

Really, Dallas for me means a connection to my family, but it's more of a past connection when my grandparents were still alive. now that they are gone, i find I don't have that much of a connection with the rest of the family, or the city. For all the bragging, Dallas is pretty dull and average. Frankly, San Antonio and Austin are really more interesting cities, though I doubt I'd move to either one.

Sorry, I'm a poor ambassador for the city.

Then there's a barrage of questions from Carlos ([ profile] paladincub21):

"Have you ever found me attractive?"

Well, I'd have to say I've only seen a couple of pictures of you, and there's some good things, but I'd really have to meet you to know better.

"More seriously, being gay and being into sports is easy for some, hard for others. What has your experience been putting the two together."

Well, I'm not sporty. I seem to lack the physical makeup and the skills to really play sports well. I liked playing softball, but I knew I sucked, and the team wanted to be more competitive so it wasn't fun anymore. I'd love to play on a less-competitive basis, but there's not a league that I've found like that here in Dallas.

As for being a fan, i think I was a bigger fan when I was alone and sports were a good way to kill the time. Right now I just don't have many people in my life that really watch sports, so I find myself drifting away from getting involved there as well. I'll still watch an Astros game now and then, and I'll watch what's going on when we go out to sports bars, but that's about it.

Still, I'd love to get back to playing Fantasy Baseball again. I wonder if I should ask if people on LJ would be interesting to try it again.

"You weren't out very long before you started dating/partnered? I know you love your husband, but how do you feel about how quickly it all happened?"

It was fast, but I think I had gotten to the time of my life where I was looking for something like that. I was more than happy to have something solid and lasting among all of the chaos. I think if Chris wasn't in my life, and I was just going out here and there, I still wouldn't be out to my parents right now. I probably am still a little naive because I didn't spend a long time in the pool, a little less well versed about the community and such, but I think it's worked out great.

And lastly, "What do you like best about your partner? What do you like the least?"

Put me on the spot will you? I like that he understands me, mostly, and he does understand that I'm still a little undercooked and emotionally difficult. Heck, I don't always know myself who I am, and I'm less than confident in many ways. He deals with that well.

I think we both share the worst trait, and that we're both a little passive-agressive. Sometimes i'd like him to take the lead, and often it's the same time he'd like me to do the same. This often comes up when we are going out to eat dinner and we haven't decided on a place. We both just want the other to make a decision, but neither one of us wants to put out an idea that might be shot down. Sometimes decision-making can take a while for the two of us.

Should you be inclined to ask me a question, you can do so HERE, where comments are screened.
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We survived the winter storms, and I easily got to work on time, but they decided to start training today at 10. The roads aren't Icy, but I guess they didn't want to take a chance. I wish I could have slept in instead! That's OK, I need to study for my Insurance licencing test on Monday - that's this weekend's fun.

I am going to open up to you for questions as a part of the March Question Me Meme that's going around. I know I haven't been writing as much, so maybe you can give me a kick-start. I welcome your inquiries.

Ask away, comments are screened!
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I'm ashamed I'm posting another meme after putting one out yesterday, but here we go, here's my glasses.

World through my eye

Yep, they are dirty, and my right eye is much less out of whack than the left one.

So to try to combat this memage (memeage?), here's some actual content.

I've had one week of training at the new job (the previous week was licensing training). There's much to lear, and really, this company acts very differently with a different focus and products than I've had at my other two financial services companies. There's 40 people in my training class and there's many different levels of industry experience. It's making some of the going very slow. Personally, I'd like more training on the unique products and wish the computer systems classes went much faster. I usually don't have trouble working trough database lookup queries.

Having an hour lunch again is somewhat mystifying, but since there's no campus cafeteria, it's all about learning how far you can drive and still make it back in time.

The lead trainer, Jake is attractive, but straight. Not that I'm looking to cause trouble at work or anything. I think he looks like Versacub from Seattle. I wish I could remember his real name right now. I get to see Jake for 3 more months. It's a long training program, but Jake might keep my attention.

I'm having to work on re-configuring my finances a little bit as I had been on a weekly pay schedule that ended last week. The new employer is like many professional employers and pays on the 15th and end of the month. I'm not sure how much I'll get on the 29th for my first new payday, so I may have to keep it a little frugal this week.

I don't have the benefit of going down to the gym at work before I leave the campus anymore. The new office building doesn't have too many amenities on the property. I find one bathroom for each of the three floors is a bit of bad planning. The training room is freezing while the floor is warm. I finally have a cubicle with higher walls, and for some reason it comes with a small coat closet attached to the drawers.

Still, about the gym, I digress, I'm lucky to have already transitioned to the LA Fitness near our home. Still, I'm feeling that I have to push myself to go. Tonight I did work out, but since Chris went earlier, I could take all the time I wanted. I went over to the hot tub and just floated for a while. It's so big, not only could I float, I also was pushed around in circles by the power of the jets. Relaxing, but a bit dizzying.

I don't have to work on Saturday! Hooray!
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For [ profile] arthole...

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Happy Holidays
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For your Atari VCS or Sears Video Arcade...

If you don't understand this horror, see the video HERE. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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All laid out

[ profile] chrisglass posted a picture of the items he carries around each day, and the link to a flickr group called, appropriately, The Items We Carry, where a few hundred people have shared their items.

So here's mine, arranged by how they are carried from left to right.

Left Wrist: Fossil Watch bought at the San Marcos Fossil Outlet after Hurricane Rita and ACL Festival 2005. I've owned many Fossil Watches and like ones with leather straps. this is the first square-faced watch I've owned. At one time I tried carrying a pocket watch, but it was inconvenient.

Left Front Pant Pocket: Cell phone with internet capabilities. I haven't purchased a case or holder for this thing, so it ends up in the pocket.

Head: Glasses. These are a year and a half old, and the frames are a dark blue. I've worn glasses since I was eleven. One pair I had about 15 years ago looked like the glasses from Sally Jessie Raphael

Right Back Pant Pocket: Keys. includes car, house and storage facility keys plus some other old ones that don't go to anything now, but make good box openers. There's a few of those awful "rewards" cards. the ones for supermarkets are in my mother's name, sometimes I get an over 55 discount.

Right Front Pant Pocket: Chris bought me this wallet for Christmas last year. I've always carried my wallet in the front pants pocket. It stems from when I got my first wallet to go on a church youth group to DisneyWorld. I had heard about pickpockets before it and thought I could protect my wallet better up front. There it stayed.

Right Ring Finger: This ring is from the Texas Renaissance Festival, purchased about four years ago to replace the fraternity ring I wore for several years. Since I tend to think the frat ring has spacial properties that keep me safe in the car, it stays in the glove compartment.

My iPod, not pictured, or my camera aren't things I carry everyday, so they weren't included.
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Because I am both lame and bored. It's time for something Lame and Boring!

1. The phone rings, who do you want it to be?
Someone fun and interesting. It’s usually Chris, and that’s always good.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
Yes. Definitely. I hate strays.

3. If you had to kiss the last person you kissed, would you?
Of course

4. Do you take compliments well?
Not at all.

5. Do you play Sudoku?
Yes. I like the logic and problem-solving challenge.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness would you survive?
Nope. I’m utterly useless in the woods. This is why I would dread a catastrophic disaster, a la Jericho.

7. If your house were on fire, what would be the first thing you would save?
Well, Chris and Joey of course. The computer hard drive if I could, but there’s nothing material that’s so extra important.

8. Who was the last person you slept in the bed with?
Chris, of course. Man, these get repetitive.

9. Who do you text the most?
I don’t text much, really. Until I got my new phone it was too much of a pain to do. I would likely be Chris.

10. Favorite children's book?
I guess it would be The Hobbit. When I was really young I liked The Pokey Little Puppy and Mike the Steam Shovel.

11. Eye color?
Hazel – sometimes green, sometimes brown

12. How tall are you?
6’1” if I’m not slouching.

13. If you could do it over again, start from scratch, would you?
Yes. There’s some things I’d like to do better, for sure. Don’t know if it would really improve my life, though.

14. Do you have any secret admirers?
I’m not sure they are secret, per se.

15. When was the last time you went to olive Garden?
Hmm, last October with [ profile] mikeybeartx

16. Favorite ex?
I really don’t think of myself as having an ex, but the closest thing would be the high-school girlfriend, Leighza

17. Where was the furthest place you traveled?
I think Nice, France is farther away than Hawaii, right?

18. Do you like mustard?

19. Do you prefer to sleep or eat?
Can I eat while I sleep and still enjoy both?

20. Do you like anyone?
This question is vague, isn’t it? Yes, I like a few people here and there.

21. Do you miss anyone?
All the time. That’s because they live in other parts of the country.

22. Can you do splits?
I’ve been known to split some pants occasionally.

23. What movie do you want to see right now?
Well, I just saw Hairspray, not that I thought I would see it in theaters, but the opportunity presented itself, and well, Good Morning Baltimore. I’m interested in seeing Superbad

24. What did you do for New Year's Eve?
The last three – maybe four New Year’s Eves have been spent at Mark and Ami’s house. They have a great party with lots of good guests.

25. Do you think The Grudge was crappy?
Suddenly this meme gets really specific. Haven’t seen it, and won’t. I don’t like gorey horror flicks.

26. Do you own a camera phone?
I own the friggin iPhone, have you heard of it?

27. Was your mom a cheerleader?
No. She did sing in the choir and chorus of a few musicals.

28. What's the last letter of your middle name?
N – now your life’s complete, isn’t it.

29. Are you hispanic?
No, but there’s a lot of them that are hot!

30. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Around six. It’s probably too little.

31. Do you like Care Bears?
If I was too old for Transformers, then Care Bears were also after my time. My Little Pony, too.

32. What do you buy at the Movies?
I pay my dues to the entertainment-industrial complex.

33. Do you know how to play poker?
In a basic sense, yes. Strategy, no. No poker face.

34. Do you wear your seatbelt?
Yes. I usually recommend those in the passenger seat do.

35. What do you wear to sleep?
CPAP mask

36. Anything big ever happen in your CITY?
Some president was murdered here before I was born.

37. Is your hair straight or curly?.
Most of it’s straight, though my beard curls a bit when it gets long.

38. Is your tongue pierced?

39. Do you like Liver and Onions?
No, but that goes for most food, too.

40. Do you like funny or serious people better?
A little of both, actually. I like well-roundedness.

41. Ever been to L.A.?
When I was 5. All I remember is Disney World and Knotts Berry Farm, and even that’s fuzzy.

42. Who is on your mind right now?
[ profile] dedos and his new home purchase, and [ profile] sparkygearhead because he’s a new friend.

43. Any plans for tonight?
I hear there’s a dinner.

44. Whats your fav. song at the moment?
I’m a little undewhelmed right now…I did just purchase the new Travis album though.

45. Do you hate chocolate?
Hate it with all the love in my heart.

46. What do you and your parents fight about the most?
Politics – especially the current administration and it’s endless lies.

47. Are you a gullible person?
Often. Hell, I’m doing this aren’t I?

48. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to be happy?
No, but I don’t need one to be depressed, either. I’m very glad and thankful to have Chris in my life.

49. If you could have any job what would it be?
Television Actor/star

50. Are you easy to get along with?
I try to please, but I can be difficult.

51. What is your favorite time of day?

52. Are you generally a happy person?
I’d say it varies a lot.
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Seven, eh?

1. I'm the third grandchild of my paternal grandparents, first of my maternal ones. Out of the six of us, two to my uncle, two with my parents, and two to my aunt, I'm the only boy. I think there were some expectations of lineage that have pretty much gone into the ashcan.

2. My great-grandparents on my father's father's side only met their oldest granddaughter before being killed in their bedroom by a robber. This was 1966. There's a small church in Milton, Florida that's named after them. I've been told that the robber just recently got out of jail and has a grudge against the family. I'm the only Edwards of the clan still left in Dallas, so I've been warned, but since this guy is in his seventies, and got out of jail after a 40 year prison sentence, I'm hoping the chances of a meetup are low.

3. I played saxophone in high school after not being trained well to play trumpet by my middle school band teacher. He also changed me over because I had braces. Damned Braces. It's a wonder I kept going playing saxophone, because as an instrument, it sucks. Still, Band got me out of PE, and made me the guy I am today. Thankfully I got to college and our band was small, so I switched over to Tuba and had a blast. I wish I had played tuba much earlier. Now I can barely remember the fingerings, I'm so out of practice.

4. I can take you, if asked to any of the houses my family has lived in except one. They are all in Texas, but not necessary close to each other. The one I don't know the address of is the one in Denton, TX where my dad had a job with Acme Brick (used by coyotes) and my mom finished getting her Home Economics degree at North Texas State.

5. I had a speech impediment when I was young, and when I started to go to school I went to speech classes everyday for a couple of years. That's where one of my earliest friends was made. I'm not sure what the impediment was, but it's been gone for a long time, and the therapy sessions are one reason I don't have as pronounced of a Texas accent.

6. My first paying job was scooping ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins. The owner was a control freak and wanted your scoops to weigh the same 5 ounces. He had his costs down to the penny. Needless to say, I sucked. It would be five years before I got another job. just because I didn't need one until i had to start paying for college myself. I worked for St. Lukes Hospital in Houston's Medical Center microfilming old ovarian cancer records.

7. I think I've been a Bear for a lot longer than I've been out. I first heard of the bear thing by picking up Bear Magazine around 1993. At that time I was already overweight, hairy and bearded. I'd already lusted after my friend Mike, who we called Ogre, who was also hairy and bearded. Thank god for hot outdoor band practices in college where his shirt would come off. sadly he's married and has children, but still kinda hot. One of my frat brothers, Gene, was a coverbear for American Bear magazine, but I never picked up that issue. A little weirdness, perhaps?
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Good weekend, beautiful weather, and running around trying to get things done before this week's TBRU festivities. Chris and I got our pre-run haircuts. We didn't spend as much time as we should have cleaning the house for our incoming guests. Especially bad as Joey has totally eviscerated a rope chew toy and there are strings all over the house.

I spent much of the day yesterday watching Chris play softball. I felt kind of awkward as I'm not on a team. I felt even more awkward as I don't know anyone on Chris' team, and most of the people we played with last year were playing a field over. I spend most of the doubleheader with my nose buried in a Series 7 book, studying the driest material ever. Did not make for a lot of fun. Perhaps I made the wrong decision about softball, but I didn't hear anyone clamoring for my poor playing skills.

As I had a lot of trouble with tickets for The Police, I'm kind of wary to buy tickets to the Cindy Lauper/Erasure/Margaret Cho tour - the one I'm calling Gays take over the Smirnoff Pavilion. What a great venue for a super gay tour. It's not so much the tickets price or the acts, but that the tour supports the Human Rights Coalition (HRC). I'd be much more interested if it benefited an organization that I felt did more for the community than make little stickers, have big, fancy fundraisers, and build itself new headquarters. I'd much rather support GLADD, NGLTF or Lambda Legal.

OK, in my way of trying to be the person who ends memes by doing them last...go ahead, ask me questions. I'll try to answer them soon, and it will get me up and writing. I've been kind of silent of late.
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I’ve got questions to answer, and even a couple of statements to make, so there’s plenty to write about today. It will be chopped up into different posts, because, for one thing, I’m at work at this moment.

Before questions, I have to tell this tale. Last night Chris and I were out at a small Italian restaurant we were visiting as we were trying to get out of the rut of constantly going to Chili’s, Tin Star, BW3 and Chipotle all the time. The food was good, Chris had some vegetable pizza with spinach and artichokes and more, which I stayed safely away from with my bowl of pasta.

On one projection television they were showing the food network, but over the bar, there was a television with Fox News on it, close captioned. As many of you know, Fox News likes to cover any missing white girl story it can find, especially when there’s news that makes Tom Delay, or Dick Cheney, or George Bush look bad that’s being covered by other channels. The “human interest” of an abducted or disappeared 16-25 year old woman with decent photos from the last spring break is definitely newsworthy.

So, there it was, the needed story about some girl who was missing from her spring break trip, with the crying parents and all. It is sad, but not national news. Then they turned to another missing persons story, one about a male college student who apparently was drunk, and his dorm mates threw him down a trash chute, and now he’s missing. Apparently he got dropped into a trash truck, and now officials are looking for him in landfills in the area. It’s a terribly odd story.

Of course, not wanting to say anything bad about the likely dead, I still couldn’t help thinking about a quote from the movie, Better Off Dead, so I turned to Chris and said, “Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that.”

Now onto the first question I want to answer. John ([ profile] pteroglyph) asks me this about the post I used to solicit questions:

Why would one agree to answer all in a public venue and be open and honest and then, well, not?

Well, the first thing is, I said “ask me anything”, not that I will answer any question. Semantically, it’s different. I know that it’s a bit of a cop-out answer, but truly, it’s what I meant.

Now, to the deeper issue, why would I solicit questions and not want to answer? Really, there isn’t much of a reason to not answer, but I do have a couple of categories that I will deflect, or answer obscurely. First, I don’t want to answer a question that would end up having to try to think what someone else’s thoughts might be. I’ve run into a couple of entries I’ve written where I tried to guess what someone’s opinions of me, or a situation we were in, and I’ve gotten it wrong, and been called on the floor about it. I’d rather deal with questions about me, and not about others – unless it’s “is so-and-so hot?”, or something.

Second, I don’t want to answer a question that might put someone else in a compromised position, or reveal something that they may not want revealed. For example, Yes, I might have done something in a moving motor vehicle during TBRU, and I’ll own up to that, but the others may not want that revealed, so my truthiness factor is not telling all, or observing the lie of omission.

So, yes, you can ask me about anything. I will answer as honestly as I can, without hurting others. That’s the intention, and that’s what I’m sticking to.

If anyone wants to ask me a question, I’ll continue answering over the weekend.
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Believe it or not, it's the last day of March, and I'm one of the few people who didn't actually participate in the "Ask Me anything" meme that was going around earlier. As it's not April Fool's Day just yet, you'll just have to accept that I'm not above doing a meme every once in a while.

So, as you can guess, this is your chance to ask me anything you'd like - but get those questions in prior to our change to Daylight Saving Time this weekend (This has been a public service announcement). I'll work on answering your questions over the next couple of days. I do reserve the right to answer with as much truthiness as the question demands.

So get cracking and we'll see what comes up, and what may be revealed...

March goes out like a lion!
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Over the weekend Chris ([ profile] f__k) and I were listening to Christmas/Holiday music at a local restaurant. As I was pointing out the fact that religious carols are only presented in stores and restaurant as instrumentals, as not to offend those who do not celebrate the same faith, many secular songs are sung unto their hearts content.

As we were discussing this, we started analyzing what each of these songs were really saying. We started to re-state the theme of the song in the most generic way possible. In this, we thought it would be fun to unleash this on the LJ public.

So, presented to you is a list of 15 Christmas/Holiday songs that you can try to decipher and give the proper titles to. I'm holding back the answers, and will give them out in a day or two. I'll announce those who guessed the most correctly. Let's see if we're able to convey the song's general message through just a few words...

[Poll #632710]


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