|This log represents the Life and Times of the Las Vegas Dude.|
09/16/2008 07:40:57jim Power Outages all over the Pittsburgh area.
We had 70 mph winds Sunday. Power lines and trees went down everywhere.
Schools were closed on Monday. People were being told to boil their water in some areas.
The best story I've heard so far about it:
A coworker attended his brother-in-law's wedding that day. Twelve of them were in a basement watching a football game in their Tuxedos. When the power went out, it went completely black.
I couldn't imagine that. In all my travels, in all my experiences, I've never watched a football game with a bunch of other guys. It sounded GREAT!
09/14/2008 20:09:59Jim We are riding the snake
Its a train and its going 60 mph..
Our track ends after 40 million miles, where our ride takes us off the side of a mountain in the clouds.
We know it ends, but we don't care. On our ride, we can look out the window at all of the beautiful things.
We can't become a part of them because our train won't stop.
But we can love all that we see.
And it is beautiful.
09/11/2008 21:28:53SanDiego Pittsburgh - Downtown
09/09/2008 20:41:46jim North Hills Park - 1 mile away
09/09/2008 16:59:10jim NorthPark,PA
09/07/2008 13:45:04jim Pittsburgh-PA-RideTheDuck
09/06/2008 16:31:26jim Station Square
09/05/2008 22:23:55jim Pittsburgh at Night
09/01/2008 06:19:50Guest ...Apartment Hunting
Hey Buddy So Pittsburgh is a good deal! you will have to go see ya steelers game while you are in Pitt It was good to see you last week, we will have to hook up in Cincy soon BTW i couldn't remember my password and the site is broke when i ask it to email me it doesn't work Your friend Chez
09/01/2008 06:19:50SAE (Reply).Apartment Hunting
Where did Jimmy end up? The Saigon Hilton?
How is the job, Jimmy R. Cutlar?
08/30/2008 20:58:03jim The best of Kentuckiana
08/29/2008 18:37:20jim 4th Street Live
08/26/2008 18:11:29jim Vegas,NV-Gabriel Sonny
08/25/2008 10:45:19jim Vegas,NV-Gabriel,CanneryEast
08/23/2008 21:19:48jim Vegas,NV-4703 Kitchen
08/22/2008 18:13:34jim Taxes are so confusing
I finally did my taxes for 2007. It wasn't so bad.
Now I'm faced with half a year of pure income, no taxes taken out.
Ahhhh, but what happens at the end of next year.
If my recruiter fills out my 1099-Misc for Florida, I save $5,000 in state taxes.
If my recruiter fills out my 1099-Misc for Pennsylvania, I pay $5,000 to Pennsylvania.
Ouch and/or Hmmm.
Once again, its not what you did, its what people say you did that counts.
08/21/2008 12:01:24jim Vegas,NV-Cannery-BeckysHaircut
08/18/2008 18:43:14jim Vegas,NV-JoesCrabShack-Becky,Jim,Sonny
08/16/2008 14:07:46jim Vegas,NV-TahoeVillage
08/16/2008 13:53:11jim Vegas,NV-TahoeVillage
08/16/2008 13:48:42jim Vegas,NV-TahoeVillage
08/16/2008 13:22:38jim LakeTahoe,NV-Casinos
08/16/2008 13:07:01jim LakeTahoe,NV-View of Carson City
08/16/2008 13:03:32jim LakeTahoe,NV-Lake
08/16/2008 12:29:32jim Vegas,NV-Tahoe
08/16/2008 11:45:14jim CarsonCity,NV-Capitol
08/16/2008 11:08:04jim Reno,NV-Downtown
08/16/2008 10:55:56jim Reno,NV-CircusCircus
08/16/2008 10:29:50jim Reno,NV-CircusCircus,Becky,Hooker
08/16/2008 08:37:59jim The Seattle Trip Summary
We drove a total of 2700 miles in one week. It was all about getting unemployment. Washington requires you to call from a local phone. Its been suggested that I could have simply had someone there call unemployment, then get me into a 3-way conversation, and mute their phone. Well, that would have worked, but, it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun.
I saw a whale surface on the ocean, just before I got a job via cell phone.
08/16/2008 07:41:21jim What if I did not take this trip ?
I keep wondering what would have happened if I didn't go to Washington to get on unemployment. I wasn't getting paid from my other contracts. I spent over $10k in San Diego for lodging. Anyway, things were looking pretty grim and I started looking at other income alternatives before the trip. One of them was a work-from-home contract. I was also going to get certified for Asp, Html, and Sql (which I should still do).
I did learn that getting unemployment compensation is ridiculous for an interstate contractor.
The demands are too high. Everything seems to be set up on a state-by-state basis and each state has its own set of rules. I'd much rather save the 6% of my income that I've been paying out to unemployment insurance. It cost me $1k to go to Washington to call from a local phone. I've spent $6k on unemployment insurance in the last year, and for what ?
One thing, the unemployment insurance people said
and I still can't get over this, is that I'm not activelly seeking work by placing my resume on Dice or Monster. To the unemployment people, that isn't looking for work. They want to know about the applications I've filled out and I don't fill out applications. I talk to recruiters and sign contracts. I only sign one contract per job. I have little control over where I'll be working next.
08/15/2008 20:24:56jim Vegas,NV-CircusCircus
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