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I'm a mostly useless individual, jobs (again) and Weird Al

It's another Friday where I essential journal a bit for my own self gratification. Honestly, I'm fine with it. It's forced to write a little bit which I do like to do and should do more of, but I just don't.


"But Dave, why don't you? If you like it, shouldn't you do it more often?!"


Why, yes, fake quote text, I should, but like most other things I like, I'm just too fucking lazy to do it. That's basically what I mean when I say that I'm a mostly useless individual. See I have close to zero skills, marketable or otherwise, probably less than zero mechanical aptitude and am horrifically impatient. All of that mixed up and pounded out bakes up a soufflé of close to nothing. Ever try to make something that you've never made before and think that you follow the recipe to the letter only to have it wind up having no real, discernable flavor? That's me. I'm the fucked up recipe that resembles wallpaper paste.


I've done a much better job over the years of being very self-aware in my limitations and my abilities. It's easy to be aware of the abilities when you have so few though. Take, for example, my current predicament...


I was offered a job that I thought was better than the one that I had. Sounded like a good opportunity so I took it. Turns out it was the complete opposite of a fit for me professionally. Instead of taking up more time & resources from the company, I chose to simply walk away. Now while I've had about 1,845 jobs in my life, I can think of only one other time where I chose to walk away without having another already secured. And that was over 20 years ago.


I mentioned it briefly on the show this week. I pushed back the release by a day because I just didn't feel right recording an hour of garbage when I was trying to make a serious decision. I spent the day kind of reassessing where I'm at, what I could do and where the next step is. I came to the conclusion that I can't really change anything! I'm going to end up in a similar position that I had before...managing accounts for a company that's probably selling something that I don't really care about. It's a vicious cycle of my own lazy creation.


So I'm on the look out again and in the meantime I'll just keep doing what I always do...nothing.


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Next weekend I have the pleasure of seeing the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic in concert. This is a big deal because he's fun and I'm looking forward to it, but also because "Weird Al" was the first concert that I went to without my parents. The Summer of 1992 at Rocky Point in Rhode Island.

You do have to be of a certain age to remember Rocky Point as it closed in '96. The place was your classic small town amusement park that were all over the place starting in the 50's or so, but Rocky Point was actually first opened in 1847! That's crazy. Too bad they couldn't hold out another year as the marketing for a 150th anniversary may have kept it afloat for a little while longer.


At any rate, the Weird Al concert was the highlight of the day as I went with my Jr. High buddy, Rob and some of our other pals. His dad brought us and off we went. The show itself was great and I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more entertaining entertainer than Weird Al. Even if you don't find his work to be all that great, there's no way you're not laughing and having a good time at his shows. I mean, UHF is verifiable classic film, is it not!? It is so fuck off otherwise.


The parody work is just so good and always funny 40+ years later. Can't wait for the show.


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And that'll do her.








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