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The DC area and my salary

Aug. 9th, 2007 | 06:38 am

Money doesn't buy happiness. It might make misery a whole lot easier to live with, but it still doesn't buy happiness. In the end, misery is still misery.

Yeah, I make six figures, but so what? I live in the DC area! I have to in order to be able to afford living here. My main mortgage is four hundred thousand dollars, and I have a fucking TOWNHOUSE. Four hundred thousand dollars gets you a mansion elsewhere.

If I could afford doing something I love doing, and only make $40K a year, I would. It isn't all about the money, and i'm not stupid for wanting fulfillment instead of money. When you have debts, however, you have to be a grownup and do what you have to do to pay the debts.

Apparently though, because others have it worse off than I do on a material level, I'm just supposed to never even allude to my problems or getting upset/annoyed over them. If I violate this, I'm being all superior. *rolls eyes* just another example of one-way friendships. So be it. If I have to suffer with no friends and a spouse who treats me like a son instead of a husband, fine.

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It's been a while.........

Aug. 6th, 2007 | 01:49 pm

Ok, I'm looking at the last entry in my journal, and it's April 24th. I haven't been on here for four months. That sucks. A good friend has withdrawn from lj, and I've got almost no way to get hold of her..

I went to WOCS, "failed" the PT test and got set back two weeks, and then on June 1st, I got sent home because of medical issues. Those issues have since been resolved. I go back to Fort Rucker on January 15th and graduate February 20th.

In the meantime, I got transferred from the 311th Theater Signal Command to the 398th Finance Group, which is transitioning into the 398th Finance Management Center. These people really need me, and there's a lot of my type of work to be done. I'm very happy, and they're kind of shocked that I'm not running the other way. It's going to be a *LOT* of work, and I'm hoping my civilian job will understand. Most times, it's going to be extra weekends, so that's good...Ellen will understand.

I'm kicking myself to exercise more, and I'm getting some good mentoring about leadership, so that when I do go back to WOCS, I can 'play the game', until I graduate and come back to the REAL world... school is TRADOC and TRADOC has about as much to do with the real Army (or Army Reserve) as Paris Hilton has to do with being a nun.

Meanwhile, on the civilian job side, I finally got fed up to here with being treated like a 1st year comp sci student by Craig, after having been treated like a drone by Steve for the first 6 months of this job. Brad doesn't really care, and when Craig left, and all of his tasks went to Saul...so I knew what time it was then. Time to say "thank you Brad for confirming my decision to leave this place". I got a new job and turned in my notice. This coming Friday is my last day with American Systems, and then I start working in Crystal City with Applied Solutions, Inc. http://www.appliedsolutions.com/
It seems like a good job, and though I'll be concentrating on Oracle instead of SQL Server, I'm not getting completely away from SQL Server.

I'm a little anxious, but eagerly anticipating the new job. I just hope they're understanding about the military stuff....

I'm really looking forward to this Los Angeles trip... I'll get a lot of good information about my role in the activities we're doing next June for AT. I'll also get a lot of good information about my role in garrison....

Just need to get through these next four months, and anticipate going back to WOCS. All will be well as of March 1st...

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Friday, June 1st

Apr. 24th, 2007 | 09:05 pm
mood: anxiousanxious

....is the day I return from my active duty. I leave tomorrow for Army Reserve active duty at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Warrant Officer Candidate School. I hope I don't get there and think "What the fuck am I doing here?"...'cause I'm thinking that already.

I have no complaints about the 311th Theater Signal Command, it's a great unit and I'm grateful for the opportunities, but I gotta do what I gotta do. The drive to Fort Meade is really trying. I got accepted to a position with the 398th Finance Group as their automation warrant, pending my successful graduation from WOCS. Let's hope the 311th will let me go. The 398th is at the reserve center ON Ft. Belvoir, so it's a dream commute! Plus, it's an incredible opportunity, both from a technical and a leadership standpoint. I'll be OIC of my own section.

I don't know whether or not I'll be able to update my livejournal while I'm there, but if not, and anyone reading this wants to get hold of me, j.d.walker@us.army.mil is going to be a good email address.

Keep your fingers crossed, and think happy thoughts. I leave tomorrow as Staff Sergeant Walker, and return on June 1st as Warrant Officer 1 Walker. WOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!

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looking for work

Apr. 18th, 2007 | 05:00 pm
mood: angryangry

Anyone interested in a database developer and programmer in northern Virginia with a Top Secret DOD clearance? A good boss left, and now this dream job is turning into a nightmare because my new boss has decided he's going to micromanage my time, and hand out tasks very stingily, but without clear deadlines and/or objectives.....and basically talk down to me.

I'm not one for verbal confrontations at all. Especially when the person needing to be confronted will not listen. I'd rather leave. Go somewhere where initiative in solving problems is encouraged. I don't do this just for the paycheck, ya know.

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This weekend in general

Feb. 24th, 2007 | 10:25 am

*sigh* the workers are here to install electronic dampers and a second programmable thermostat for my central air/heat system. Too much noise to concentrate, even just on my bi-monthly budget. Plus, Ellen decided to take off, when she KNOWS I have to be at the library for 11 so I can tutor....we agreed she'd come back HERE after her nail appointment so I could go. I'm more than a little steamed.

At least I got the taxes done, but have to file VA on paper instead of electronically. That sucks, and I will have to immediately go to the post office to send certified mail. If I don't get to Kingstowne in time I'll have to either go to Merrifield or wait until Monday and go to Chantilly's post office, which is near work.

I also wanted to put in at least a couple of hours of work from home today but that will have to wait until this afternoon. I need to finish unit testing on my stored function.

Goddamn that was loud! I better go see what they're doing.

Tomorrow there's not much going on. I think maybe I'll go to the Staleys' place and fix their computer tomorrow instead of today.

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This weekend

Feb. 10th, 2007 | 09:30 am

Okay, I'm being extremely lazy and I need to stop it. Yesterday was payday, and I need to have my budget done *BEFORE* I go tutor at the library. I'm tutoring from 11-1 and I need to work from 2-6 from home.

*sigh*...maybe I'll make a pot of tea..that usually motivates me. Oh, and I absolutely loved Barack Obama's book.

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Thursday night routine

Jan. 4th, 2007 | 08:23 pm

Well, my one student cancelled on me, so I came home and immediately sat down in front of the computer. Been here for an hour, that's enough. I'm going to crack open a beer and go to the living room with Barack Obama's book. It's awesome. I'll vote for the guy if he runs for President in 2008, but I hope he waits until 2012.

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Upcoming week

Dec. 17th, 2006 | 07:51 pm

Well, I've been really lazy this weekend, and not gotten a damn thing done, except to go get the tree. We haven't even started decorating it yet, but it's up in the living room. Oh, and I've gotten JAG Season 2 and Diagnosis Murder Season 1 for her and put them under the tree.

I was supposed to put together two computers this weekend, but I just didn't feel like it. I think maybe I'll do the one *at* work tomorrow, just so I can test it out, and if it's working bring it to the woman who is going to donate it for me. The other one, it's going to be hard to get the recipient to accept it anyway, so we'll see what happens.

Other than that, not much going on. Board meeting on Tuesday, but the royal bitch isn't going to be there. I hope that things will go pretty well.

My friend Dot invited us over to her house for Christmas Day dinner, which is okay. I like Dot a lot. She's one of the true friends I have. She'll listen to me bitch without telling me I'm a whiny emo fuck, and I feel like I can tell Dot anything... not that I have, because I'm very closed about things that bother me. Hell, there's a lot of stuff I haven't put on HERE... but it's nice to know if I need to vent or talk or whatever, I can go to her. I think I'll probably impress her when I get to successfully teach her three year old daughter to play chess. This kid is scary smart, but then again, so is Dot, so it isn't surprising.

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Second surgery done

Dec. 5th, 2006 | 08:53 pm

Okay, my second surgery has been done to get the rest of the astigmatism in my right eye. So far so good. I had an initial followup appointment the next day so they could remove the contact lens bandage on my right eye.. and I have another followup tomorrow so they can examine me. I expect my vision to be even better now than it was before.
I'm so happy about this LASIK, but I totally spaced on getting a new picture of me taken. I need to go ahead and do that.

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