Dragon

The jobs search begins...

As some of you are aware, I am no longer working for BLT. While this was not when I would have chosen to leave, I was already looking toward greener pastures before I was laid off. This is just a general broadcast message to let people know that I am back on the job market.

If anyone knows of any (preferably senior) IT positions please let me know. I am a Systems Administrator by trade (I manage data centers, servers, network, phone, and other technical infrastructure), and I am capable of trouble shooting and hardware management on all platforms (Windows, OS X, Linux). My skill level at each would be: Mac OS Guru, Linux admin, Windows tech. I am also familiar with networking, Cisco Routers and Switches, and all things Internet (DNS/Bind, TCP/IP, all file protocols, etc.).

I have a few promising leads so far, but I would really like to have choices, so if ya’ll know of a job in the Los Angeles area, let me know
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Dragon

More Thanks...

So because they were soooooo special, I decided to hold off one day in thanking these next two people so the post would really stand out.

...

I didn't FORGET them or anything. I mean, it's not like they were in my first draft and I was re-writting part of it and I forgot to put their section back in or anything.

Because that would be, like, stupid.

...damn it.

THANK YOU teaa AND dietcokeofevil5!



You guys were also my heroes. I don't know what I would do without you in my life, and I dont EVER want to find out.
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Spooky

Very Belated Thanks

So at the beginning of the month of September, there was a life changing negative event in my life. Sadly this event took place less than a week before my birthday. Under the circumstances I did not expect anyone to acknowledge my birthday, much less celebrate it, and I prepared myself to have the worst birthday of my entire life.

Then something remarkable happened: With less than 24 hours of planning and prep, my friends saved my birthday.

Whitney, Sellars, and a whole host of accomplices set out to make sure that I had a birthday, and that it was fun. I was kidnapped, bought great food, taken to a great show, and to my great surprise, despite being devastated by what, in my mind, was akin to a divorce, pzonivy pulled herself together and showed up totally ready to make my birthday as good as it could be.

Then the next day there was BBQing and lots of good friends showing their support for both Amy and I.

I cannot even begin to thank everyone who pulled everything together on no notice, and all the people who came to a party they were hearing about in the Morning, planned for that afternoon.

Some special thanks:

Whitney, Jason, and Faerie: thank you for saving my birthday, and for taking care of me a nurturing me for weeks afterwards. I would never have made it without you.

Sellars and Isis: You guys are more generous than words can express.

Amy: Thank you for setting aside your stuff as best you could so I could have a real birthday. I love you.
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Dragon

Comicon Weekend?

Anybody going Down to Comicon on Friday night of the weekend? Amy and Clark will be heading down Thursday evening, but I will be staying for work Friday and heading down in the evening. Anybody else heading down and willing to give me a ride, I would be eternally grateful. Plus I could pitch in for gas. And snacks.

Anybody?
Dragon

More on THE MAGIC CASTLE

The details for those of you who are attending (or want to):

Guest spots. The way this works is:

- I get 10 people free and clear. No cover, no mandatory dinner reservations, just adhere to the DRESS CODE (you need to know about this if you are coming), and you are in.

-I can invite as many people as I like, so long as they pay a 20 dollar (NOT 15) cover charge (per person).

-I get four VIP guest cards per year that get up to four people in without a cover, but you have to make dinner reservations (not stupefyingly expensive food, but not Denny's prices either).

Dress Code Info

I am going to have WAY more than ten people both nights, and I am trying to give out the freebies to the people who are the most challenged financially. I REALLY want all of you to come out, but I will understand if some of you would prefer not to spend your life's savings. Anyone who is already confirmed with me and is willing to volunteer to be one of the paying customers has my eternal gratitude, and I might be able to borrow a few guest slots from other members, so I will try to get as many in free as I can. If you have questions EMAIL ME, don't post. livejournal-handle at gmail dot com.
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Dragon

I am perforing at THE MAGIC CASTLE Fri. and Sat.

***EDIT BELOW***
I am PERFORMING at the magic Castle this Friday and Saturday night (the 22nd and 23rd) in the W.C. Fields Bar!

For those of you who do not understand the significance of this let me 'splain:
Many of you know I am a member of the Magic Castle. This means I auditioned and was accepted as a Magician Member. This DOES NOT mean I was automatically added to the roster of performers.

The Castle is kind of the mecca of magic, and performing there is a feather in your cap. Most of the work I do is kind of commercial (read: I'm kind of a hack) and so I never bothered to audition.

Then the Castle decided to give over part of the place to the Freakshow Deluxe, and they needed a sideshow magician. This I can do.

It is a little silly, but this is just a big deal for me. So if you want to come out and see me (and of course the Freakshow Deluxe, and all the other performers at the castle that night) let me know. My guest list is limited, but when it fills up I can still get guest cards for people, which will require at least a cover (20 dollars) and may require you to have dinner (I will look into this and post later). Let me know if you are interested.

okayloveyoubuhbye

***EDIT:
Guest spots. The way this works is:

- I get 10 people free and clear. No cover, no mandatory dinner reservations, just adhere to the DRESS CODE (you need to know about this if you are coming), and you are in.

-I can invite as many people as I like, so long as they pay a 20 dollar (NOT 15) cover charge (per person).

-I get four VIP guest cards per year that get up to four people in without a cover, but you have to make dinner reservations (not stupefyingly expensive food, but not Denny's prices either).

I am going to have WAY more than ten people both nights, and I am trying to give out the freebies to the people who are the most challenged financially. I REALLY want all of you to come out, but I will understand if some of you would prefer not to spend your life's savings. Anyone who is willing to volunteer to be one of the paying customers has my eternal gratitude, and I might be able to borrow a few guest slots from other members, so I will try to get as many in free as I can. I will probably post again with more details.
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Dragon

A few blessings

For the last few days I have been despondent. Depressed beyond all reason. I have not felt this bad since I was fired (sort of) a year ago. But through it all I have had pzonivy and bizarronumber1 supporting me. They both have their own shit to deal with, but when I came home, they both dropped what they were doing and gave me whatever support I needed, even if it was just to be left alone. I am madly, deeply, and truly in love with my wife. I know that if I truly need her, that she will set aside her own pain and heartache, and just be there for me. And I know Clark loves me too. In a manly, heterosexual kind of way. Thank you both, I hope I will be better very soon, if only for your sakes.
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Dragon

Enraged

My social circle has degenerated into a group of gossiping, viscous little high-schoolers. I have watched it happen and have tried to take the high road, but since a number of them have started spreading dangerous rumors that could hurt other people, I feel compelled to set the record straight.

Recently my friend had a relationship end that he was hoping would continue. It was no secret that I found this girl attractive, but when she broke up with him, I accepted that she would be off limits. We had already begun to develop a friendship, but I knew that was as far as it would go. I flirt, I joke, I tease, but I will not cross that line into territory that would be injurious to my friend. Then my wife's boyfriend found himself in a position to initiate a casual relationship with her, not being particularly close with Jonathan, he acted on it. Then all hell broke loose.

Question: How the hell is this MY fault? What exactly have I done? Suddenly because I am in a poly relationship I have no identity of my own. Everything Clark does "we" are doing to Jonathan. OK fine. People want to believe that, go crazy.

Then the rumors start. First it's that Ashley is MY new girlfriend. WHAT!?! OK, so I call Jonathan. "You know this is not true, yes?". He says yes. Fine.

Tonight, after a two-hour conversation with Jonathan I am hoping that things will start calming down. That I will stop hearing rumors about people I thought were my friends expressing strong opinions about what I (not just Clark) am doing to Jonathan. Then tonight (admittedly through several people) I hear a great one:

"Jonathan is angry because Michael is sleeping with Ashley behind his back."

WHAT!!! THE!! FUCK!?!?!?!?!?!?

I have never taken so much shit for something I AM NOT DOING in my whole life. And this rumor comes (as far as I know, waiting for confirmation) from the mouth of someone I consider a friend. Strike that. CONSIDERED a friend if this is true.

I have really tried to just deal. I am trying to take all the rumors of people I thought I could trust forming negative opinions of the situation WITHOUT EVER HEARING MY SIDE OF THE STORY with a grain of salt. They could just be rumors. Surely my friends are not calling my family and I a cult. They can't assume I would have sex with Ashley knowing how Jonathan feels about it. They would want to hear both sides right? But the evidence keeps pointing to the undeniable fact that at least some of the people in the circle are smiling to my face, and talking shit behind my back. And since NOBODY has asked me anything about it I find that maddening. So much for "communication, communication, communication".

For the record: I am not sleeping with Ashley. We have MUTUALLY agreed that this would be bad. I do not have any control over what Clark does. And if you are spreading rumors, please grow up. Nobody but Jonathan has heard both sides of the story, and if you have picked a “side” in this situation, you have done it with only half the story, and you are being what everybody is accusing me of: A terrible friend.
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Dragon

"Snake Charmer" wanted

I need a snake charmer for an event TOMORROW. Money is good, theme is middle-eastern. I would prefer someone who has done this before, professional belly dancers are the best case. Anyone?