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Echoes Pink Floyd
A short version but the best I could find


Interests: Cars / Writing / Science / History / Cats
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Birthday:8/1/1969 (46 Years Old)
IM Type: (Decline to State) IM Name:
Occupation: Wastewater treatment plant opperator
Marital Status: Single
Sexual Preference: Straight
Religion: Atheist
Politics: Moderate
Fav. Movie: Jacobs Ladder
Fav. TV Show: Air Wolf
Fav. Book: Winds of War/War and Remembrance by H. Wouk
Fav. Song: Echos- Pink Floyd
Fav. Food: pizza
Fav. Car: 69 Lincoln Continental Mark III
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Check out my new house - Mood:Good
Friday February 19 20169:56:46 PM |
I had to move for my new job and I found this place. I'm renting the top floor and there's a single guy renting the basement. The best feature is the fact that I have a garage. This is the cheapest place I could find that had one. Its in a pretty nice neighborhood centrally located and close to everything I need. It's about 20 minutes away from work.
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I quit my job - Mood:Good
Tuesday February 02 201611:11:48 PM |
to take a new one with a 54% raise. I'm still going to be a wastewater operator but now I'm going to be working for a Federal contractor at an Army base. I have to move but I'll be close enough to visit my kids every weekend. Instead of nights I'll be working 7:00am to 3:30 pm Sunday through Thursday.

I applied back in October and they contacted me January 11th. About 10 days later I had a panel interview with the head honcho, assistant honcho, engineer, clean water boss and waste water boss. After they interviewed me they said they would contact me in a week or two.

They called the next day and said they weren't going to pay me the $21.50 the job was advertised at they want to pay me $24. The recruiter told me I was only the second person they interviewed for the job.

They E-mailed me Monday and said the background checks and drug test were good and we agreed I will start Feb 29th

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I`m choosing to be alone this Thanksgiving - Mood:Good
Wednesday November 25 201512:19:40 AM |
I work tonight and tomorrow and I get off at 7am Thanksgiving morning. My mom, her husband, and my sister are driving 5 hours north to my other sister's place at 8 am that day. I told them I'd think about it and I decided that I would rather be alone on Thursday so I can see my kids on Friday.

Also, they are not starting back until 8 or 9 am Saturday and I have to be to work at 7 pm Saturday night. I don't want to take the chance that I'll have to call in to work, especially since David just got off medical leave. I don't want him to re-injure himself.

One more thing- They say I could sleep on the way up there but I wouldn't. The back seat of a Jeep with two women chatting away- not gonna happen.

In car news- I replaced the headlight switch and posted a video on Youtube and my blog. If you've got 42 minutes you need to kill click the link.

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I like when people do things right - Mood:Good
Monday November 16 201511:25:11 PM |
I'm eating Tostitos original chips with Tostitos salsa con queso and even if you grab the biggest chip in the bag it will dip into the jar with 1 millimeter of clearance: no interruption in snacking pleasure.

I bought two window control switches from ebay on a whim because they were only $10. I hoped I would get lucky and it would fix the driver's window. Well, they weren't compatible so I contacted the seller. They refunded my money and told me to keep the switches. Not every supplier from China is out to screw you I've learned.

I'm still pleased I got a 15% raise even though I think they owe me 20 because they only had to give me 5. My boss thinks it's because 15% puts me at the top of my pay grade but he's going to find out for sure.

Meeting me half way still counts as doing the right thing, right?

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The journal in which snarf uses the phrase in which - Mood:Good
Friday November 13 201510:46:22 PM |
because sleepy's book was really good. My favorite story was "Don't bring us back" That was the only one that gave me chills. The other 14 are all really good but that story rings true to me so I guess that's why it got to me.
I took about a week to read the whole book because when I read short storys I like to let them sink in rather than go through them like popcorn.


Journally stuff.

I'm off tomorrow night. I didn't think I'd be off until Tuesday but I had emailed Jerry and told him I didn't need Saturday but if he wanted the overtime he could have it. He said "I guess I need to take it when I can get it."

So now I'm off 1 day, work 2 days, off two days, work 2 days then off for 3. It's going to feel like a vacation after 3 1/2 months of six 12 hour days a week.

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I`ll have a life again soon. - Mood:Good
Monday November 09 201512:13:10 AM |
The guy who got a hernia the last week of July is finally coming back to work November 17th. I've been averaging six 12 hours days for 3 1/2 months now so just getting back to a regular schedule will feel like a vacation.

Speaking of vacation I want to take a road trip. Who would like a visit from snarf? YT Indiana will happen soon but I might extend the trip if I can string together a good plan.

It won't be for a month or so though. I want to catch up on my sleep, work on my bike and fix a few more little things on the Mercedes. Plus I need to take that car on a 2 hour road trip to my dad's before committing to a longer run. You never know what will happen to a 22 year old car.

On the first tank I drove it like a hotrod and got 17.6 mpg. This time I drove like an old man and got 20.73.


Life feels like it's getting better.

How's it treating you?

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So this is the true test. - Mood:Good
Monday November 02 20158:59:22 AM |
It's easy to be happy in the summer.

And it was mostly sunny during the fall.

But can I make it through the storms of the holidays?

I'm already leaning on alcohol.

A screwdriver and a beer in the half hour I've been home.

I'll have a few more before hitting the sack.

I doubt I'll eat anything until 9:00 tonight.

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I bought myself a new ride - Mood:Good
Tuesday October 27 201511:00:08 PM |
I decided to treat myself to a new car with the overtime money I've been saving. I've wanted a new car for a few years but didn't want to take out a loan. THe time was right now because I need to put about $1500 into my Ranger and it's only worth $1000. I'm keeping it for a while and may fix it later but that decision is for another time.

I bought a 1994 Mercedes E420 with the 4.2L V-8, Leather seats and only 67675 miles on it.

The ride is wonderful, as I imagine it was when new. The seats are the most comfortable I've ever sat in. The steering feel and handling are superb and it floats over the bumps but doesn't wallow.

There are a few minor problems. The driver's window won't go down, the mirror control switch is broken and there is a dent in the passenger rear. Nothing I can't handle.

The car was $3700+ 7% tax+ $199 Document "f*ck you" fee from the dealer for a total of $4158.

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I got my Class III Wastwater License - Mood:Good
Friday October 16 20151:45:41 AM |
by studying on my own and going to take the test at a surface water school. I skipped going to the wastewater school because we are down a man due to injury and S from the south plant needs to go to school for his Class I at the same time G is going for his Class IV. There was no way for all three of us to go at the same time so I volunteered to just take the test two weeks earlier.

Now for the fun part. A year ago they raised the starting pay to 3 cents an hour less than what I made after 3 years. then this year they decided to give you a 10% raise for a class I, a 5% for a class 2, a 5% for a class 3 and a step up in pay grade for a class 4.

So now a guy with a little over a year experience and a class I is going to be paid more than me with a Class III and nearly 4 years.

They said "We'll see what we can do "

I'm not confidant they will do anything though.

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Alone at night. I think I`ll make a Journal entry. - Mood:Good
Monday September 14 20152:12:50 AM |
Yesterday was nice. I tried to nap after work but couldn't fall aslep. Tim and I went and got the boat then washed it at Stacey's house because someone was parked out front of ours. It was cool, 67 degrees and cloudy. We didn't get out of the boat all day, just floated and talked. Well, that's wrong. It started sprinkling and Stacey wanted to go to mailbox where there was shelter. Tim said no, I can follow it on the radar and avoid the most of it. They got into an argument and Tim dropped the girls off at the dock. He called five minutes later to let them know the rain had stopped. They said they would wait in the car (she had drove separately) I thought she left) until it had all passed.

So Tim and I motored up and down the river having a good time talking about sh*t and drinking beer. We got hit with maybe 50 raindrops in the time it took for the girls to be brave enough to come back.

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I`ve really been snarfing up the journal forum lately - Mood:Good
Saturday September 12 20151:11:01 AM |
I had a really good visit with my kids today We did some origami, played with k'nex and talked about addiction. I'm glad I f*cked up. I want my kids to know what a struggle addiction is so that they go into life with their eyes open and make the right choices. I'm going to repost what I posted in the quitting thread and on Facebook later. OS will disappear and YT might outlast FB the way this crazy f'ed up world works.

On the last day of a 13 day stretch. Boating tomorrow.

I'm writing an album of country/southern rock songs. I think it's great stuff and it should go somewhere. I may be wrong but I don't give a f*ck because I'm having fun doing it Better than mourning the past.

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I`m the luckiest son of a bitch on the planet. - Mood:Good
Friday September 11 201512:06:41 AM |
Last night I texted my ex asking about birthday and Christmas ideas She asked me if my family was going to be here at birthday times and I told her my mom moves back here next Tuesday. She said "If you wouldn't feel too awkward you should be there too." I replied "I've been waiting 6 years for you to say that" She sent back a .
This will be the first time I've seen my kids on their birthday since the divorce.
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I`m here all night people. AMA and I might give my thoughts on you. - Mood:Good
Friday September 04 20159:59:47 PM |
I've been wanting to do an "Ask me my opinion of you" thread but I get vapor lock in the brain so I can't just spit it out, I have to talk about me, my favorite subject to prime the pump. And that's still no guarantee that I'll come up with something right away. It may take a few minutes, a few hours, weeks, idk. I'll keep bumping this till I get to everyone.

Journal stuff.

I haven't smoked in 14 days and 12 hours. Go me.

I'm on day 6 with 7 days to go of working from 7pm to 7am. I could have had Saturday off this week but I told Jerry if he wanted a 3 day weekend it was up to him because he gave me the last two Saturdays off. Jerry took the 3 days and I'm fine with working until the 12th.

I told my boss I started studying for my Class III Wastewater License on the first but screw that noise. The test isn't until October 9th so I'm waiting until it's 30 days out.

a few more 4 900

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Come boating on the Ohio River - Mood:Good
Monday August 24 201512:15:07 AM |
Pics to follow because I hate doing them on the first post.

It was a beautiful day yesterday, barely getting to 85 degrees. It felt like somebody had the AC on while the boat was moving. Was a great way to spend the day after working eight days in a row.

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I`m quitting smoking and the VA thinks I`m an alcoholic. - Mood:Good
Friday August 21 201512:21:16 AM |
Had my annual physical at the VA today. Thank dog I'm not fifty yet so nothing was shoved up my ass. My labs are ok even though I forgot to fast before the blood draw. During the exam the doc asked if I wanted to quit smoking. I said yes, I've been trying on an off all year. So she hooked me up with 2 two week boxes of patches. $78 worth (pre tax) for an $8 co-pay. Socialized medicine good.

So next on her agenda was my drinking habits. Like a pro she just asked an open ended question. "How much do you drink in a week?"

I knew the right answer but I told her the truth anyway. I don't lie to my doctors about anything because they can't help you if you're not honest. So I stuck to the best policy even though I think nothing's wrong, knowing full well the pain in the ass it was going to cause me.

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I deleted a journal for the first time ever. - Mood:Good
Wednesday August 19 201511:24:35 PM |
I suspected what I was doing with OK Cupid was probably wrong, but I didn't know it until I trudged through a half dozen pages of their legal notice. After their disclaimers that anything you post can be exploited and they won't be held liable they say that you can download pics for personal use but not repost them.

So that journal is gone now and I won't be posting anymore pics from there.

So.

I did it for a laugh knowing it was probably wrong.

What's some of the crazy sh*t you've done for a laugh knowing it could get you busted?

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From Here To Eternity. - Mood:Disgusted
Saturday August 15 20153:20:20 AM |
So I finally got news about David.

Recap for those of you who don't hang on my every post.

David Works when I'm off. He got a Hernia on the 28th of July. He's been waiting on Worker's Comp to contact him about seeing a surgeon. He got fed up with waiting and went down there. They said they mailed him a letter a week ago. He never got it because the city gave worker's comp the wrong address. They assumed he miraculously got better and were going to close the case.

Anyway, he gets to talk to the surgeon on September 8th. Then he'll get a surgery date. Then 4-6 weeks recovery minimum.

So I get 1 day off a week (usually Thursday) until about the middle to end of October. Don't forget, I'm doing 12 hour days so I really have no time. Get home, 2 beers, go to bed. Lather, rinse, repeat.

The only good thing is 32 hours overtime pay each week.

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Robotic Dinosaurs! - Mood:Good
Monday August 10 201512:22:11 AM |
Friday my sister and I took my kids to see robotic dinosaurs. It was 18 for adults and 22 for kids. The dinosaurs were kind of cheesy and we were feeling ripped off until we got to the rest of the attraction. Of course you had to walk through the gift shop after seeing the dinosaurs but once you were through they had inflatable slides and a bouncy house. We spent maybe a half hour with the dinosaurs and then for three and a half hours my kids had a blast playing on the inflatables. It made me so happy to see them having a great time on there last Friday before school starts on Monday.
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Things are getting better. - Mood:Good
Sunday August 02 201511:57:38 PM |
I had my best birthday present ever. My kids forgot to bring it on Friday for our regular visit so on Saturday I get an unexpected text. My ex wants to meet somewhere to give it to me. It was the first time in 5 1/2 years we've met with no one else present and it was her idea. We met in the parking lot of the Sonic close to her house and I got to see my kids for about a half hour before going to work. That's what was the best. I havn't seen them on my birthday since the divorce.

Oh.

The thing they got me?

A cheap grey t-shirt that says something about being a veteran. I don't know if it's still in my truck or if I took it in my room.

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10,000th post dedicated to BSR - Mood:Good
Saturday August 01 20151:38:24 AM |
Because he welcomed me back in a true YT manner after my 8 year hiatus.

I say that coming back 3 years ago was a good idea. I work the nightshift alone and you guys make me laugh, cry and think.

I also think I know myself a little better and I hope I'm becoming a better me by paying attention to how I'm received.


Journally stuff. My dad ran a red light 2 weeks ago and totaled his car. 2 days ago he ran off the road and flipped the new car he replaced the first one with.

Long story short he's going to sell his house and move up here with me, as in we are going to live in the same house. I love my dad and he cooks better than I do so things should work out fine.

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Trapped at work for who knows how long. - Mood:Disgusted
Wednesday July 29 201511:23:37 PM |
So I woke up this morning to a phone call from my boss telling me David had a hernia and he wouldn't be able to make it into work tonight. The automatic bar screen was broke so David was manually cleaning it when he felt a pop and a burning sensation near his belly button. They aren't going to operate until probably next week.

So I'm no longer off for my birthday Saturday.

Oh well.

I was going to give my ex $200 for school supplies next payday but now I'm upping it to 3 because I can afford to. The rest of the OT is going into savings after I buy some good beer for a mighty drunk once he's back to work.

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I`ve been thinking too much lately - Mood:Cautious
Tuesday July 07 20159:46:54 AM |
About what might happen the next time I go crazy.

Last time I woke up in an alley laying on the ground peeking out from under a green army blanket. I saw three pair of shiny black shoes running up and heard more coming up behind me.

I should write an article on that.

Long story short after a brief chokehold I ended up in jail for 2 nights.

Then the hospital for 5 days.

But I'm worried about what might happen next time. So far I haven't hurt anyone. But I have threatened to hurt people. Once I regained my sanity would I be able to live with myself?

I just want to believe my medication will keep me safe.

I'm afraid of taking this new pill.

What if one of the side effects threw me over the edge?

It's happened before.


I just want to go back to the time I could say "I like turtles" and mean it with every fiber of my being.

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It hurts my neck to look up but I may do it. - Mood:Good
Saturday July 04 20153:55:20 AM |
My ex has agreed to let me and my sister take my kids to Marengo Cave next Friday. It's about 2 hours away. This is the first time in 5 years she's been cool with us leaving the city limits. We also talked about how I acted when I went nuts. First time to talk about that since the divorce. So a bit of a thawing in the relationship. Maybe in six or seven hundred years we'll get back together.


When I got my bi-weekly shot last Wednesday the nurse asked me how I felt. I told her I've been stuck between depressed and happy for the last few months. Not going up or down. A nice place to rest but I want to move on. She said she'd talk to the doc. She called yesterday and said that he prescribed me a new medicine and that it would be in the mail to me. I don't know how I feel about this. I'd like to be happy naturally and not depend on a pill.

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snarf life update, AMA, advice and I`m getting drunk. - Mood:Good
Tuesday June 02 201511:23:44 AM |
I'm on vacation, bitches. Got off work at 7 am and don't have to be back until next Tuesday at 7 pm.

I'm going to ride my bike to the Garden of the Gods and walk around a bit in a few days. Pics to follow.

Also going to work on E's motor for his '78 Honda CB400. I won't bore you with that.

Might ride to my Dad's but I was just there last weekend and I'm gong to be there Father's day.

Now going to piss and grab beer #4. Alternating between New Belgium Fat Tire and Guinness Blonde.

Listening to David Gilmour Live in Gdansk.

Typing on my tablet using the Bluetooth keyboard so I don't have spell check and you can see how attrociouse my spelling really is.


Now for the best news I've had in 5 years.

My mom is moving back here in September. This means I'll be able to see my kids for longer than the hour and a half each Friday that I see them now.

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Mechanical updates. - Mood:Good
Sunday May 03 20152:42:58 AM |
I got my bike running again last week. Last winter I kept thinking I was going to ride it more and I put off adding Sta-Bil to the gas. So when I tried to ride it December 26 to see my kids as it was warming up one of the carburetors started dumping fuel on the ground. The crap ethanol gasoline had gummed up one of the needles so when the float tried to shut of the fuel flow it got stuck in the bore.

So I pulled the carbs (made easier because I replaced the Philips screws with allen head bolts on the clamps) popped off the fuel bowls and used q-tips and carb cleaner on it. The gaskets appeared in good shape so I took a chance and didn't change them.

I put the carbs back on, took the battery off the trickle charger and installed it. I put the gas tank back on and filled it half way with fresh gas (the old stuff went in the lawnmower can.) After 3 10 second cranks it fired right up.

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