Friday, December 19, 2008

Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)

I can't exactly blame it on the time of year, although I'm sure it's not helping things any.

I think about it every day. It's a struggle I live with.

If I hadn't failed before, I would again.

That thought seems to be in my head a lot lately. I think it sums things up pretty well. It's nothing to be fearful of, or upset about. It's just a fact. And I know this. I know I won't try to take my own life again because of what happened.

Last time, I climbed Mt. Everest. And in order to survive, I couldn't just sit there and take in the view. Effort was required in order for me to keep on living. I don't ever want to be there again.

The fact of the matter is I don't ever want to die. That's something else that plagues my mind, the fact that I will die some day.

I'm finding it ironic how much time I waste being bothered by this. In stories, a person that realizes this would be written to take in, and make the most of, every moment. Reality doesn't always work that way.

I want to live forever. I want that more than anything. I don't know what happens after we die. All I know is the life that exists here and now. And it's ending each second that passes by. There's nothing to be done about it.

The smoking doesn't help matters any. But it keeps me from being destructive. I mean, sure I've been pretty destructive in the time that I've smoked, but not like the times I didn't. Well, I guess that's not quite accurate, but internally it is.

I wish I could be with her again... or happy... either or... whichever...

I understand happiness is a state of mind, and life is what I make of it and all of that. But there are certain things I feel and long for, and I choose not to just ignore them or set them aside for the time being. I know there are things I want that aren't in my life near the way I want them right now.

Growing up, I always knew I didn't want to have to wait until the winter of my life before I could have and do and enjoy the things I've always wanted. And I know in theory I have plenty of time left to find these things. I just hope it happens.

I know in the meantime life is passing me by.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's Getting Cold Outside

All my life I've had animals. And all my life I've tried to help animals, whether it's taking something in that the cats got and trying to save it, or taking in an unwanted pet that someone turned in to a shelter or one of the pet stores I always went to.

I've always had some sort of help or net to rely on in my life. My parents have always been there for us financially. I got a couple of jobs through a relative. Sometimes a company would just take a chance on me. Even the hospital that saved my life flipped the bill for me.

Whatever the case may be, I know I've had more than my fair share of help in life.

I've always had an inner struggle with religion and god and all of that, but that's for another session. I bring this up because on October 22, 2008 I was ordained by the Universal Life Church as a Minister. It didn't require much. All a person needs to do is fill out a short form on their website at and they'll ordain you. It's not like I participate in church activities or anything. But it's something I believed in and felt compelled to do. It keeps in the front of my mind things that I really want to do with my life.

Someday, I would like to start an organization that helps provide temporary shelter for the homeless and/or abused women. It would be something to help get people off the streets or out of their current living situation, help them get jobs, and all of the things that really so many of us just take for granted. Eventually, I would like to add on a shelter for pets to this organization. All animals need shelter, human and non-human alike.

Some of us have earned where we are in life, good or bad. Some of us afforded it. Others are trying and need a helping hand, no different than that given to so many of us throughout our lives.

Currently, I am working on a painting that I HOPE to donate to an organization like the ASPCA to be auctioned off and all proceeds would go to that organization. I'm not even interested in recovering my costs. Hopefully it all goes well and I will be able to do this over and over again.

So, this is a bit of an insight to where my mind has been as of late.

Something else I am currently thinking about is setting up a second PayPal account and gathering up donations for the ASPCA.

This is a hairy subject. I truly hope that I am not becoming one of those people that others see at the front of a store and think "Oh jeez. I just want to go in, get my stuff and go. I don't want to be bothered with all this." because the people that I interact with are truly awesome. And I don't want to build that association with my presence.

I also wouldn't want it to feel like when someone's taking orders for their kid's school-drive thing. I wouldn't want people to feel pressure or obligated to do anything.

I'll be the first to admit that when stuff like this comes up, I'm like "Oh man... Let me just go about my day. I do my own thing." especially when there are SO MANY scams out there. I mean, look at that whole LillyAnn thing. There is a LOT of scum out in this world. It's sickening.

Maybe you're asking right now "Why not just donate directly to the ASPCA or some other organization?" No reason. Certainly go right ahead. And hell, organizations like the ASPCA and the WWF even give out really cool stuff when people donate.

I guess what's going on with me is that I REALLY want to do something with my life that helps those in need. I HATE crowds. I HATE going out. Contrary to how I am on twitter and Plurk, I HATE interacting with people in person. I don't have much money to help places monetarily. But I do have a voice. And I do have desire and passion for helping those which are in need. And hopefully I have the artistic skills to help as well.

I guess I'm wondering what everyone's opinion about this would be. Would you go for a "Donate" button from PayPal, or if there's something else out there that can be setup? Does it scream "SCAM" to you? Or is it maybe just not your thing? Am I getting too preachy?

What do you think?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shock The Monkey

We had been broken up for about a month, I believe.

It was a Saturday, midsummer 2006.

I hadn't heard from her at all. And something kept growing inside of me. It was getting harder and harder to go about day by day.

I had started taking NyQuil and Benadryl to ease the pain and stress. It wasn't doing much.

This Saturday, I just couldn't take it. It was overwhelming me.

I called her, over and over. We started talking, she was so cold. I needed her, and it didn't matter.

Before we started talking, I had gone over to the grocery store by me and purchased a fresh supply of NyQuil Gelcaps, Benadryl and Tylenol Simply Sleep. Something had to work. The cigarettes were no longer helping.

So we were talking on the phone, things were getting worse. I had Coal Chamber's cover of Shock The Monkey on repeat all day. I had taken a few NyQuil and some Benadryl. I think it was about four NyQuil and eight Benadryl. While we were still on the phone, everything getting worse I decided to take a few Tylenol Simply Sleep. Nothing happened. Nothing got numb. Nothing got better. So I took some more. And then more.

At some point, our conversation ended. Soon, music still playing, I started to feel some of the effects. It wasn't a numb tingly feeling. But things slowed down inside. I'm not sure that it was harder to focus. I'd say it was harder to snap out of focusing on one thing. I found myself staring at the speaker a lot, concentrating on still hearing the music, wondering if I was hearing any other sounds in my head.

I tried calling her back several times. A few times we did talk. I told her what I had done. She was so pissed at me. I told her I needed her to stay on the phone with me, that I needed her help to get through it and work it out of my system. She said that I needed to get off the phone, call 911, and basically that she wasn't going to let me manipulate her. That was her thing, making sure nobody manipulates her.

The more time that passed, the more I felt the pills, and the more scared I got. I tried calling her over and over. I texted her over and over, telling her how weird I felt and how scared I was, and that I needed her to call 911. She firmly stated that I should stop and call them myself. I couldn't and wouldn't. I needed, or wanted, her help.

I was dying.

Eventually, there was a hard, firm, steady knock on the door. There's only one thing that knock means, the police showed up. I walked down my steps, I was a second floor apartment with steps that led down to ground level, opened the door, and several police officers were there. I walked back up the steps, my legs shaking, barely able to function properly. I walked to my bedroom, that's where I spent all my time in my apartment, and the police followed.

Before they arrived, I had gotten scared enough and remembered another time I took a few sleeping pills, far less, and got scared. I went to the bathroom and forced myself to throw up over and over, it wasn't helping.

So, the police arrived, and I was even more scared. I didn't know what would happen. I didn't know if my stomach was soon to be pumped, if they would arrest me and once I was well be thrown in jail, or what.

They asked me, standing in my bedroom, deflated mattress, computer stand and chair, what had I done and how much did I take. I told them, very nervously, that I had taken double the recommended dose of the Tylenol Simply Sleep. The officer asked me if I had taken any other types of drugs. I stated clearly that I hadn't and the only thing I had ever done was some marijuana about ten years ago, and that was only a few times.

He flashed his flashlight through my eyes a few times. I knew he could see that my pupils weren't functioning properly and I just wanted this to be over.

I went to put my hands in my pockets at some point. One of the officers did NOT like that and made it known. I quickly put them back to my sides. I'm always more comfortable with my hands in my pockets. They checked me for anything that I could use to harm them or myself and all of that.

The other officers were of course searching my apartment during all of this. They found the bottle of Tylenol Simply Sleep, and said that it looked about half empty. I don't believe I really gave an answer to this. One of them soon found the receipt in the trash and noticed these items had been purchased only a few hours ago. They counted the remaining Tylenol. I had taken 68 of them.

Soon they took me out to the ambulance, the officer had a firm grip on my arm, and I was taken to the hospital.

Before leaving my bedroom, the officer looked at me and said not to lie to the doctors at the hospital like I had to the police, so that they could help me. I understood.

I get to the hospital, I don't remember getting changed into that gown they give you, but I was in and out of reality a lot.

I remember being out in the open, on the stretcher still, some people around me, a lady giving me a HORRIBLE drink of charcoal and whatever else was in it. I sipped it at first; I can't stand bad drinks, so I have to sip to prepare myself for what's coming. That was just as bad of an idea.

She really wanted me to use the bottle they had given me to urinate in, right out in the open, just my gown covering me. She said if I didn't soon, then they would have to catheterize me. I've had that done before and did NOT want to go through that again. So now there was added pressure to urinate, which didn't help.

I remember now and then her voice would say "drink." and then I would again, but not much. Over and over "drink." When she would say this, it would snap me out of what I didn't realize was happening. Eventually, she said "See, you got a taste for it now. If you had just drank it to begin with, you wouldn't have to keep on tasting it." I had two cups of the stuff to drink. I think she only made me drink half of the second one. Then she put something else up to my mouth to drink. This time, and I knew it was going to be bad because of this, she forced me to drink it, and quickly. It was god-awful whatever it was.

After that, I was wheeled over to get, I guess, an ultrasound on my chest. I was finally able to urinate on the way there. I'm on the stretcher, going by people in the waiting area, some people staring at me as I passed by.

I get into the room, finally out of that stretcher and onto a table where this girl was going to do the examination of my chest. She had this look on her face that could only be interpreted as "Oh dear god." I still don't know what the result of it was. I don't have a primary doctor or anything. I couldn't see the screen from my position, and I never asked. But I do remember the look on her face.

Eventually I was taken to a room, my own room in the hospital of course, because I was a suicide attempt. So, someone had to stay on watch for the night. We stayed up so late watching horror movies on the TV. I'm sure she just wanted me to go to sleep already. I had an IV in me as well, which freaked me out. When I went to the bathroom, I saw all of this black charcoal on my lips. I must have looked like a train wreck to those people in the waiting area.

The next day comes; I'm basically under 24 hour observation and all of that. Nurses change shifts, etc. This one girl comes in to keep watch over me, a similar look on her face to the one that did the ultrasound, but still a bit different meaning to it. It was almost like a "How could something like this happen" look, but not quite.

During this girl's shift, the ex came to visit. It felt like heaven to see her, and it felt like hell to see her in this setting. I didn't know what to expect. I don't really remember what happened or what was talked about, but soon it was time for me to be transferred to another hospital for suicide watch for a couple of days.

Before she came in, some horrible woman with a huge attitude came in, said I was lying about anything and everything and that I had to be put away in this hospital for weeks. I needed to get back to work so I could keep my apartment. She accused me of recently being at another hospital for the same thing. Sorry, but I hadn't even lived in New Jersey for that long lady. Some other guy eventually came in and talked to me. He was supposed to be one of those "Hey man, I care. I'm a mentor, blah blah blah" guys. He seemed self righteous to me.

He talked about how it wasn't really a choice for me and the alternative would be bad and all of that. He said that I wouldn't cooperate with them and that was why he was there. I told him I couldn't afford to go away for a few weeks or months, I had bills to pay. He said it was only for 72 hours. To that, I was like "Well, yeah. That's not a problem. I completely understand having to do that. That other stuff was bullshit that woman was saying to me."

Eventually the woman came back and said that she was wrong about the other hospital. Yeah, I know. She also had said that she didn't believe I made myself throw up and that my ex said that I lie about everything. She didn't apologize for those comments.

So, I go to the other hospital. I end up staying there, without medication, without seeing the doctor, without really anything for a week. The doctor even walked by me one time while I was watching TV and said "I don't know why you're here. It's not like I'm giving you any medications or anything." Well, he was the only one that could release me! Lazy, greedy bastard. You see, it wasn't exactly a free stay in that place, and they kept me longer than the 72 hours. It was about a week I was there. Not much longer, but it adds up.

There were other suicides there and drug addicts and people off the streets and all of that. Whatever. One dude had huge issues. After I was released, I came back to drop off a few packs of cigarettes that he usually smoked, instead of what we had there to smoke. I just dropped them off. I didn't go in to see him. It's not like we bonded or anything. I just wanted to let him know that someone sees him.

My ex came to visit me while I was there once, and we talked on the phone a couple of times. When she was there and we were talking with the counselor, well, it didn't go well. She was pissed that I dragged her in there to talk about all of this. After a bit, the counselor, who always had that same "Oh my god. How could this happen to someone." look on her face, told her that I begged them not to contact her because she would be so pissed about it, but she was obviously a connection to what I had done, so they needed her to come by.

Eventually the counselor left the room, and she started arguing with me and getting mad at me. Not that I don't get it, but just what someone that's on suicide watch needs, right? She soon left.

I don't remember if it was a phone call while I was there, or if it was after I got out, but we talked more, and she told me that honestly what I had done was probably needed in order for her to get past herself and see how she really felt about me. She made it clear that this was something that she would NOT tolerate and threats or attempts of doing it again would NOT work and I would be on my own. I completely don't blame her for that. That's how it should be. That's what's right.

We got back together. The medical bills started pouring in, and I had no insurance. I went to the first hospital for financial aid. Told them my work situation and all of that. They covered 100% of the hospital bill. I still had ambulance and doctor bills from that part, but I cannot even begin to tell you how it felt when she said they'd cover the hospital expense 100%. You have no idea how much that bill was. The other hospital covered 70% of what they charged me.

I'm still trying to pay down bills related to this.

I couldn't listen to this song for the longest time. Now and then I listen to it. Today I'm listening to it. The beginning notes of the song still shock me. They still put me back to exactly that moment. Later in the song, when things change up and get a bit slow or different, sends me right back as well.

I've listened to this song well over 300 times.

Some of the people at the hospital insist that I was trying to kill myself. The ex believes I was crying out for help and attention from her and telling her how much I needed her in my life.

I just know I couldn't let things stay as they were, and I needed a major change to happen.

We got back together. The relationship didn't change much. Some very major things happened during the relationship. We eventually broke up completely a few months ago.

One email said she hopes I come back to her one day, when we're both in a better place.

I don't know if that will happen or not.

But I do know she fills the holes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


A few years ago, a coworker and I came up with a comic series that sounded GREAT! We never did anything more with it than make a few logos on the computer and a t-shirt.

Since then, he's moved on to other companies and I've moved to New Jersey. But I still always think about how great this comic could be.

I compare it in my head to the style of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. I read the graphic novel twice. It was brilliant!

Mentally, my comic runs on a few simple concepts, nothing extravagant, and I think it could be quite enjoyable to make and to read.

I've struggled like crazy on how to start it off, what medium to use, how to protect it and anything else that one's mind would wander off to with it.

So, I finally found something called DAZ Studio. It's a 3D figure posing and animation tool, and it's FREE! DAZ Productions offers a ton of models to use as well (pay for and free models) right there on the site. I figure this will help get me started as it's been since college when I last tried to make any 3D graphic designs.

I also downloaded Blender (also free) so I can try my hand at 3D modeling.

I'm very excited about both of these software packages! And, again, both were FREE!

As I create content, I will post it to this site for all to see.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Something to Do

I moved from Maryland to New Jersey around the end of 2005 / start of 2006. I woke up this morning and realized I haven't done very much in the time I've spent here. I've seen Blue Man Group once in New York. I've been to a few New Jersey Devils games. And I've been down the Jersey Shore a bunch of times.

I'm not really one to go out on adventures or run to the crowds, but jeez, that's pretty bad.

So, I've been looking online today, because it's the slowest day in the history of slow work days, and I think I'm actually finding things to do that interest me!

I'm not quite sure what I feel like doing this weekend, but so far I've found Adventure Aquarium, and whale watching trips! I'm very excited about this! I hope I don't get lazy and just not do anything this weekend. And I hope that the whale watching trips aren't all booked up!

I'm sure there are a ton of things to do in New Jersey, and I'd like to start going out and doing them.

So that's what this summer will be.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Road to Employment

The Recruiters

What They Say:
I think you would be a great fit.

What They Mean:
I have no idea what this stuff means. But you obviously know more about it than I do. And I really want to make a commission off of this some time soon. So I'm going to go ahead and setup the next interview for you and hope that I get lucky.

What They Say:
They're reviewing your resume right now!

What They Mean:
They're not crazy about you. But I'm trying like hell to convince them, because I really want this commission and I've had no one else ask me about this position!

What They Say:
Please create an account to submit your resume to us.

What They Mean:
We want all of your information so we can store it in our system. This won't actually be used to evaluate you for any positions. Rather, it will be used to send you a bunch of crap that you have no desire for. And you won't realize that it was us that sent it to you, because by now it's likely that you've done this with several companies already. Though, we may send you a whole list of positions that have NOTHING at all to do with anything you are trying to apply for.

What They Say:
Help Desk.

What They Mean:

What They Say:
Account Manager.

What They Mean:

The Employers

What They Say:
Seeking a well rounded individual, comfortable in a fast paced environment and can handle strict deadlines. Some data entry and phone support required. Must be a team player!

What They Mean:
We need an Office Gopher. You'll be running around like crazy trying to correct everyone else's mistakes and get blamed for everything that goes wrong, as no one takes responsibility for their screw ups. No one else feels like filling out anything properly or answering the phones. So we're going to have you deal with that too. You'll be doing everyone else's work. This position should actually be filled by several people. But we just want one person to do it so that we can keep under budget, because the rest of us get paid a LOT more than what we're offering you. The budget we have planned out for this isn't enough to make the work of one person worth it to be here, let alone all the stuff we're going to have you do. But we're sure someone out there is desperate enough to apply.

What They Say:
Willing to train.

What They Mean:
Hey, we don't care if you mess up some. We're pretty sure you'll be able to figure it out enough so that no one else notices.

What They Say:
Contract to Perm.

What They Mean:
We're going to keep that little prize of having a permanent job with us dangling in front of you for a long time, until you give up on it. There's no way we're paying an agency the commission to hire you full time. There are hundreds of people out there that want this job. So, it's easy to replace you.

What They Say:
Must be able to work independently.

What They Mean:
Look, I'm tired of working. That's why I became a boss, so that others would do it for me. I want someone that thinks they're going to make a difference and get somewhere in life to do this stuff for me, without bothering me, so I can email and surf the web all day.

What They Say:
Tell me in your own words about what you did in your previous employment.

What They Mean:
Hey, I really haven't read over your resume and I don't feel like looking through it. It came to us, I saw a few things on there and I called you. I really don't know what else to ask you right now, so this will give me some time to think up a few things. Also, this is sort of a test to see if you'll put up with the crap that lies ahead for you in this position. And the longer this takes, the longer I can put off the other stuff I have to do that I really don't feel like doing.

Ode to a Dropped Piece of Donut

Oh dropped piece of donut

Filled with sugary and powdery sweetness

You did slip away

Plopped in the sink

At the End of the Day

We've all heard it before. And lately it's popping up everywhere we go.

"At the end of the day..."

I actually used to like this saying. It places importance on something, a finality.

It meant something. It was like saying, "Hey, nothing else in this world matters to me as much as the result of this." Or, "I realize that I have to be the one to do it, because at the end of the day, I'm all that I've got." And maybe nothing else is more important to that person than the result of a particular thing. And it's true, when it comes down to it, you are most important to yourself and nobody else. That's not a bad thing either. Realize that you are ultimately who you have in life.

But, oh man!

Now it's like, "At the end of the day, I either chew that stick of gum, or I don't."

"At the end of the day, we either make that sale or we don't."

"At the end of the day, I either liked my dinner or I didn't."

At the end of the day, "at the end of the day" is way overused.

It's a catchy saying. It makes things sound important. It places good emphasis on something. But, oh man, just because a person has discovered this new phrase, doesn't mean that they have anything in their life going on that they can use it with.

You wanna sound cool and important? Tell me you're giving me a million dollars and then hand it to me. At the end of the day, I might remember you.

The Dark Side

We all have a basic understanding of what someone means by "Come to the Dark Side".

It's used a ton now in the workforce. Oh man. No pun intended. Sorry.

One implication is "Ooh, you just don't know. You think what you see around you is rough? You're in 'Light and Fluffy Land', come over to our department and see the grit and dirt of it all."

Look man, EVERY company has a group that thinks they're part of the "Dark Side". The problem is? It's every group too!

They see the light and fluffy world as you know it. And you see the light and fluffy world as they know it. But seriously? Let's face it, if it was that hard? You probably wouldn't have the job. Seriously.

Every department has gears that grind. Everyone's pushin' the same buttons. It's just a matter of what those buttons do in the end that's different.

"Come to the Dark Side"? No. I have work to do. Just because you've got it rough over there, doesn't mean that I'll be the least bit impressed, or think that you've got it any worse than me. I've got my own "Dark Side" to deal with and you are more than welcome to watch it as I walk back over to my department and take care of my own work.

Saturday, May 3, 2008


I've wondered. You've wondered. And now we know:

Wikipedia: Leeroy Jenkins

An Engineer's Guide to Cats

LOL! Nice:

Surely a Day for All to Celebrate!

I just found out today that Spam has reached its 30-Year Anniversary!

Spam reaches 30-year anniversary

I say we all celebrate by going to random forums and MMOs to post our websites and products repeatedly!

Lenovo X300 vs. MacBook Air in the envelope



I think the new site is coming together quite well! :)

I'm happy with it so far, and I know there's a ton more I want to add to it!


I might also want to think about where the last restore point was before pressing RESTORE, as well.


Ok, from now on, when I've reached a certain point that I'm happy with on building / updating a website, I need to remember to press SAVE before moving on to another task.

ninbroken52 site published

I'm actually excited about this new website I've created.

I have a couple others (The Home Zoo, Champions of the Hunt), but with this site, I've allowed myself the freedom of just publishing whatever I find interesting.