Love and Relationships

Turning over a new leaf is an odd saying. I feel like being single sucks. Anyone who says they like it is just lying to theirself. God put us here to be with somebody and we were never meant to be alone. While I don’t believe that means that we have to be with someone every second of the day it does mean that we are meant to enjoy this life with someone else. It means we are meant to care for another more than we care for ourselves. The Greeks had several words for Love and one of those is the love you have for your partner. We all ‘love’ our family, we ‘love’ our friends, we are supposed to ‘love’ our neighbors; but these don’t compare to the love that we have for that special someone. I am fairly certain I have felt this love for a couple people in my life. I can’t reminisce on those because for one reason or another they are not in my life. I was married once and would like to think it was happy and loving at some point or else why did I say, “I do”? For now and probably until Kingdom comes I will not have happy thoughts because of how it ended; not that it ended but, but how it ended. I have also loved others who eventually felt I was not right for them. Rarely have I loved someone who I decided not to be with. Isn’t that odd.

I would LOVE to find a beautiful woman who I enjoy being around and can get to know just as I know myself. I am confident she is out there but for now I haven’t found her yet. I am only 33 and know I have plenty of life left on this earth, but would like to spend the majority of it not alone. This is not a plea for someone to pick me up off my feet. It is a desire, not a need. I don’t ‘need’ to be in a relationship. I feel if you ever think you ‘need to’ be in a relationship, then you ‘need to’ be single for a while until you figure out why you think that is a need.

Morning 5-minute Random Babble

Side note: In prison, the worst punishment they can give someone is solitary confinement. That should tell you that we as humans are social creatures meant to be around other people. That means in a group as a whole, and in our private lives as well.

Executive Order

Executive Order: a rule or order issued by the president to an executive branch of the government and having the force of law.

Regardless of your opinion on executive orders, they are a part of our government. I recently found out about a recent executive order enacted by President Obama. It changes exempt and non-exempt employment for salary employees.

On the graph on the left you can see number of executive orders from previous Presidents.

Some people see this as a good thing. Basically the number is $47,476 per year. If you make less than that you are non-exempt. Non-exempt from overtime. This could prevent places like Walmart from hiring managers at less yearly salaries and requiring them to work more than 40 hours. This also means for other jobs that don’t operate on a 40 hour work week that it would change how they operate daily.

I have worked in IT since I left the Army and not once did I only work around a 8-5 clock schedule. Now, as of December 1st, 2016, I will be required to clock in for day, out for lunch, and out for day. This means I must use my 8 hours daily to a higher efficiency. I don’t have a problem with being more efficient. I just know it will lead to me not doing work after hours. I will have to get approval for any overtime. I am sure it will be granted if the need is there.

At a previous job this would have been nice because I was on call every other night and every other weekend. This would mean that I would be paid over time for any hours after 40 in a week. There was almost no time that I was on call time that didn’t require some time. I always said that it was much cheaper for IT personnel to be salary because it would break the bank for the company. Personally, I would prefer a static paycheck than one that changes. It is much easier to build a budget.

I am grateful now for my job and I still love what I do. I just see that nation-wide in the IT community it will change things. There will be stricter guidelines for what is truly meant as an after-hours call to IT for an “emergency.” I am curious what my other fellow IT friends think about this. If you are a one-man operation it doesn’t impact you. If you work in a corporate environment it impacts you deeply. Because my boss is a manager of several employees he is still considered exempt and he stated today that he would have to pick up more slack after hours and on the weekend.

Check out the article above that list the stipulations for this change and let me know what you think? I am curious to hear from other industries as well.

For those who will be getting a raise to put them over the minimum $47,476 per year, I am sure you are grateful. How’s that for a national minimum wage? It’s not exactly jumping up from the current $7.25/hr (Current as of 11/17/16), but it does require companies to take a hard look at staffing needs.

 

Dear Future Girlfriend

“Dear Future Girlfriend, here’s a couple things you need to know if you want to be my one and only all the time…”

This list is a living list of things I have come to know over the last 11 years of serious dating. I don’t include any girlfriends in or before High School and I didn’t do much dating in the Army. Shortly before turning 22, I met a girl and then less than a year later we were married. That was my first of many mistakes in dating. I don’t regret much in my life and try to learn from everything that happens. Here is my list and note to my future girlfriend. I am not ashamed or afraid to say that I want to be married again so that future girlfriend could be my future wife. (More on this in another posting. – note to self to write more on this, lol)

  • Don’t be crazy.
    • This one is self explanatory!
  • Make it easy to date you.
    • No guy wants to be forced to act like a boyfriend. They just want to do what they want and love you the best way they know how.
  • Laugh at my all my jokes
    • Don’t force it but if you think something is funny then don’t be afraid to laugh.
  • Recursively, make me laugh
    • I have a very loose sense of humor, this won’t be hard
  • Accept Sarcasm as a second language
    • If you don’t know it then learn it, quickly.
  • Makeup – less is better
    • I get it that women these days feel they need makeup, and it’s not that I don’t appreciate the way you look but know what looks good and how to enhance your features without adding a whole new layer of skin. Later on when this comes off I don’t want to date two different people.
  • Accept my son. Period.
    • You don’t have to love him, initially, but if you aren’t absolutely sure you can date/marry a guy with a kid then I have no purpose dating you. Simple.
  • Don’t afraid to hold my hand or let me kiss you in public.
  • Updated 8-29-16

I will add to this list as I think of things to add…

If you are wondering, yes, I know this is the public internet and anything I post on here could be read by anyone in the world, but this is my blog…How could you expect me not to be extremely personal on a website with my namesake? Jason Lamb dot ME!

Close Friends who are created under intense situations

Jason & Leb

It was a dreadful August morning in 2006, I was running late to formation at 0900. The night prior was obviously filed with a little too many libations. There was no morning PT so just a 0900 (9am) formation to start off the day. I reeked so bad of B.O and alcohol that I had to find some time to take a shower because in the rush of waking up I had no time before running out the door. I met my Platoon Sergeant who introduced me to a new soldier to our company. He was a 25F just like myself. 25F is the job classification for Network Switching Systems Operator/Maintainer. The new soldier had just finished his first duty station at Fort Bragg, NC. He was airborne qualified and very anxious to start his new duty station in his home state of Texas. I, having a wonderful night before, was his squad leader and as such was to show him around and get him situated. I was not feeling like doing that. It wasn’t one of my best morning. I didn’t make a good first impression to a new soldier to the unit. He became known as Leb, and will be referred to as such for this story.

Jason & Leb being coolI got to know Leb very well as we instantly hit it off as friends. We had similar interest in technology and movies. He was tall and lanky and had a very dark sense of humor; very sarcastic at times. He also had similar taste in women so we had plenty to talk about.

About 2 days before our whole unit was to deploy I woke up with a softball size welt on my neck. I didn’t know how big it was when I woke up until everyone in PT told me I need to go to medical right away. I was excused to the doctor so I went to have it checked out. As soon as I got there they had a look and told me to go to the ER to have it checked. I got to ER and they immediately took me to have a CS scan. It could have been an MRI, I don’t recall exactly. I just know it didn’t hurt but I could feel it. I was in the ER for a few hours awaiting results and treatment. They sat me down to have a chat and told me I needed my tonsils and adenoids removed. I said, “Sure, let’s do it!”. They said come back in two days for the surgery. I said that can’t happen because I am deploying with my unit in two days. They said, “No, your not.” I was devestated! I went back to tell me guys and I instantly felt like a lame-o. I was being put on Rear-D…Only profile and scum bags go on Rear-D.

Jason & Leb watching TVRear-D stands for Rear Detachment. It is the left over soldiers who are either delayed in deployment or won’t deploy at all. A handful of them were scheduled to ETS from the Army within a month. They and were exempt from deployment, but most were back because of some lame excuse for why they didn’t want to deploy and found some loop in the system to “award” them of that shameful status. If you are a soldier, it is your primary job to deploy during a time of war. You are looked down on if for what ever reason you don’t. I digress.
I got to sit back and watch my unit load on the buses head for the airport with all their gear to ship out to Iraq. It was a horrible feeling. All my personal items were already loaded in storage, all my gear was already on its way to Iraq. I had a few uniforms, some “civies” (civilian clothes), and toiletries. The next day after they deployed I had my surgery which gave me 30 days of convalescent leave, the first 14 days were quarters. I could do nothing except stay in my room and go to the DFAC (dining facility) for the first 2 weeks. That was the plan anyway. What actually happened is for another story.

Leb & Jason New YearsA month after my unit deployed I was cleared for deployment. I shipped out with 4 other soldiers and made way to Iraq. Once I arrived at about 11pm I was greeted by Leb and my Platoon Sergeant. It was great to be with everyone again! Over the course of that year Leb and I setup a wireless network with two static IP schemes. We also bought and setup a satellite to give our unit internet access. One IP scheme was to allow the local connection of XBox’s to play very broad Halo multiplayer battles. The other IP scheme was highly secured and monitored network of users who paid a monthly premium to use the internet. I won’t take most of the glory in this. I assisted Leb in the setup of this. Now that I think of it, it might have been wired, not wireless. None the less, it enabled us to have some fun on our down time and communicate with the outside world form the comfort of our wooden shack.

Leb and I spent many long days and nights watching the whole show from season 1 to 10 of Stargate SG1 along with other shows. We alternated on guard duty and spent much time talking about home. We would talk for hours. He became my closest confidant in Iraq. I opened up to him about many close things in my relationship back home and I helped him through rough times as well. He was the Bubba to my Gump.

“Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain’t something you can find just around the corner.”
-Forrest Gump (1994)

Jason and Leb relaxingAfter 13 months overseas our mission was over and we came home. I was only in Texas for the next 3 months as I was getting all my appointments lined up to exit the Army. I saw Leb, and the rest of the unit, a little here and there but mostly had to attend briefings and appointments to ETS (Expiration of Term of Service).

I did see him a few years later when he came up for a visit to Ohio from Virginia. His time in the active Army ended and he started a job working on oil rigs as an IT guy, yes that actually exist. He didn’t like the travel so much and then went to working for a telecom provider in Virgina before moving back to Texas. He is still in the Army Reserves as a 25F and also used his GI Bill to become a certified helicopter pilot.

Chris & LebWe have had several conversations over the years since I left Fort Hood. He is one of the close few friends whom I miss from my Army days. I wish you well in your engagement, Battle Buddy. Although we only knew each other in person for about 18 months, you will always be in my mind when I think about my time in the Army. I hope to hang out some day again. I am glad you are so close to Chris. Both of you are great guys. Thank you both being great friends. I miss you both!

All of that to say this; sometimes your closest friends are the one you spent the least amount of time with because that time was spent so well. I have known many people for a lot longer time and wouldn’t consider them as close of friends as I am with Leb. Much of my time in the Army was like that. Get to know your comrads in a quick and close environment and then things happen and you may never see them again, but you remember.

You can check out my old website for more pictures – icwnow.com/iraq

57th Signal Battalion

Social Experiment

I created this image above as a pure social experiment. I am not going to post anything with it. I am just going to post it to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. I will also probably post it to Youtube. Here, my website is the only place that I will report the findings. I am curious how many people will like, friend, follow me based on this image. This should be fun!

Update 1: I don’t know why I haven’t changed my twitter handle to the same as the rest. When I created it I wanted to create a common name with my first website, “icwnow.” Now since all of my other screen names and handles are “jasrasr” I think after this fun I will switch it too. I wonder if twitter gives you a time delay where you can still be reached by the old handle as well as the new one or does the old one become obsolete once you change it?

Update 2: I have changed my Twitter handle to @jasrasr (twitter.com/jasrasr)

Job vs Career

US_Armymeijer It’s interesting to me when people complain about their job. For me, I have a career, a career in Information Technology (IT). I don’t have a Monday to Friday 8-5 job. I go to work to get the “job done.” I have a task or project (usually several at a time) and I prioritize them and complete them in a organized manner. It really boggles my mind when someone is surprised that I don’t get done the same time every day. My work changes from day to day so how can I expect to start and stop the same time every day?

marriottI love what I do, else I wouldn’t do it. I recently changed employment for the better, both for environment and pay. It has actually migrated me to a different city, a much bigger one. I was raised in a big city my whole life and I finally feel at home with where I am and what I am doing.

erieblacktopBack to this job vs career thing. That difference should be abundantly clear to people who are older than 23 and out of school. When I was 15 I started my first tax-paying job at a hotel. I was a glorified bell boy. At 16 I foolishly changed jobs to work at Meijer (the mid-west version of Walmart). At the time the minimum wage was $5.15 in Indiana. At the hotel I was earning $7.25! That was a very respectable hourly wage for kids my age. I got bored with doing all the chores they had for me at the hotel. I worked M-W-F 5p-10p or something similar. I was limited on the hours because of my age. prawatWhen I started working there I remember my mom or dad dropping me off at work because I only had my permit and couldn’t drive alone. When I quit there to work for Meijer I earned a whopping $5.40! I worked more hours but made less money. At the time being 16 I could work more hours, and did. In hindsight my schooling started to struggle about this time because of the hours I was putting in. I did pay for a cell phone and my own auto insurance. It wasn’t until a year later that I would pay for my own car payment, a ’96 Chevy Cavalier. That first car was a “gimme”, a ’88 Ford Thunderbird in 2000.

steinhospiceAt that time I had a job. I was paid an hourly wage for a clock-in/clock-out job that would not end up being my life long employment. It wasn’t until after I got out of the Army that I felt I had a career. not that you can’t make a career of the Army, many people do. When I first joined I thought I would be a “lifer”. I loved my time in the Army and wouldn’t trade it for anything. After 5 years I let a pseudo childish love interest ruin my life and my mind changed which led to my leaving the Army.

millenniaMy average employment after the Army is right at 3.5 years, not including the 8 months I have been with my current employment. I wish I would’ve been at one place longer than 4 but life happens. Each time I have left it has been for a good reason. The reasons differ each time but at those times it was a decision I had to make. I have gained much knowledge from each place that I continue to carry with me where ever I go. I appreciate all my previous employers, some more than others. I feel right now I am in the best place I could be for several reasons that I am not going to go into. Thank you to all my employers that allow me to continue to grow and pursue my goal of being an IT Guru.

love_guru

 

Do you think I am an idiot? Who uses those passwords?

I use a plugin on this site that tracks hack attempts and I just checked it and there were some odd attempts.

Attempted Usernames: admin, jasonlamb, jasonlamb.me, test, username

Attempted Passwords: 12345, 112233, 123456, 147852, 445566, 778899, 123456789, 123456jasonlamb, 123jasonlamb, 1q2w3e, 1q2w3e4r, 1q2w3e4r5t, a1234456, adi, admadm, admin123, Admin321, admin333, adminadmin, administrator, asdasd, batman, easytocrack1, freedom, genius, jasonlamb, jasonlamb.me, jasonlamb1, jasonlamb123, jasonlamb1234, jasonlamb123456, jasonlamb-2014, jasonlamb321, parola, pass, password, password123456, Q12345, qazxsw2, qwertyuiop, test, yankees, zasxdc, zasxdcfv, zxcvbnm

I laugh at these people and their lame attempts at hacking my site. Here is an example of a password that I use: G8!5TB2Kdbnru3n##Avx@pHA
That is 24 characters using CAPS, lowercase, numbers, and symbols.

howsecureismypasswordFrom howsecureismypassword.net you can see it would take 14 OCTILLION YEARS to crack at 4 million per second!


 

passwordmeter

The Password Meter has it at “very strong.”


 

passwordstrengthtestrumkin.com says, “This password is typically good enough to safely guard sensitive information like financial records. Well, yeah…duh!

 

I started using LastPass a while ago and it has changed how I now use passwords. I am constantly auditing myself on what passwords I use and often change from an older password to one as seen above. I just think it’s funny what people try as possibly passwords for my site. I also work in IT so I know how silly and too often simple passwords are, for most people. It’s no wonder the amount of data that stolen just by simple passwords.

I know it is sometimes a pain to have a difficult password but it could be the difference between thinking you have information store safe and secure and identity theft. Think about it, and take note. The best thing you can do is NOT use the same password for two different sites. Yes, I know it’s easier. But so is it for the bad guys. If they get an email and password for one account you better believe they will try it on another account.

Stay safe friends.

nar·cis·sis·tic

I wrote this on Facebook. To save time and not have to repeat my words I am going to copy and paste it here:

I think I have a serious problem when people have a problem with Facebook. I think I take it personal, truly. Once upon a time, before Facebook, I created my own website to keep in touch with friends and family. You may have heard of it (indycrewworld . com) which was quickly turned into icwnow.com because 14 characters was too long to type. I now mostly focus on myself [at] jasonlamb.me because I am narcissistic, at least that is what I am told. Long story short, facebook is my touch to many people in my life and when you leave it you are in a sense leaving my contact with you….to be continued.

This is the continuation…

I don’t think I am narcissistic but then again people with problems rarely think they have a problem. Google defines it as: narcissistic “having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance“. Merriam-Webster says: “love of or sexual desire for one’s own body“. I surely don’t “love” my body. I don’t hate it but am not in love with my body. File Feb 08, 11 46 52 PMThis picture from a year ago, well, ok…maybe I do look good. But who doesn’t look good talking on a public pay phone that doesn’t work any more outside a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA? I digress. My mother would argue in favor of my narcissistic behavior because I may or may not have taken a ton of selfies as a kid back when disposable cameras we a big hit. For each camera roll I had at least one selfie. I even did a project last year that I took a selfie a day to show my beard growth.

I have an app called Numerous that keeps track of how many friends I have on Facebook. facebook friendsNot that I want a big number I just want to know when I lose a friend. Right now I am at 421fb friends 421and on my birthday I had 426. I don’t want or need a large number of friends. I think quality over quantity is the key. I just wonder who it is when I that number drops. Is that somebody un-friending me or are they deactivating their account? I will truly not know. The app doesn’t tell me who I lost, just that the number dropped.

Now that I re-read this whole mumbo jumbo I am not sure that me worrying about my number of friends is so much the same as being narcissistic.

Side note: The Numerous app is shutting down its services on May 1st, 2016 due to lack of funding. So no more Facebook friends tracker.

mumbo jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo

Side side note: ‘mumbo” is not a valid word according to my spell check. But according to a Google search it is a cool looking character.

I don’t think I am quite done pondering this topic.

I do want to give a shout out to my anonymous friend who has silently encouraged me to start writing on my blog more. Thanks Friend.

Cedar Point GIFs

Technically the file type is pronounced “jiffs” like “jello” but I prefer a hard G like “gifts”. Here are a couple I made from my lovely iPhone 6 multi-shoot camera. I then converted them to gif format with the help of photoshop and a website.

thomas-punch

Thomas PUNCH

thomas walk punch

Thomas – walk, PUNCH, repeat

dori hand gif

No photos of DORI!