the economic stimulus act of 2008

In May, citizens across the country will benefit from the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. Uncle Sam and friends put this together to avoid a possible recession.

People who qualify will receive a $600 bonus check from the government to do whatever they want with it. I see myself paying bills with it, and many others are probably thinking the same. Some probably have already spent but have to wait to actually get it to make it worth anything. The rest are probably going to live it up and go on a spending spree only to find themselves in that same hole they were in six-hundred bucks ago.

This month has been good to me. We received our deposit back from the electric company. The company I work for is giving me health and dental insurance on their dime which kicks in the first of next month. To complete the bizarre love triangle of karma’s payback, I received my notice about the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 in the mail today. I’ve scanned it and provided it here as a PDF if you haven’t already received your copy.Could we consider this a farewell gift from Dubya?

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The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008

The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008
Internal Revenue Service, May 2008
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the 9 to 4

I had to get up wicked early this morning, and I mean this by own standards. I normally work the dream shift of 12pm-8pm, but I had a meeting scheduled at 9am. I was five minutes early to work, and not to my surprise, the meeting didn’t occur. I’m sure it will happen next Thursday. I think my GM was under the weather.

Today is hott. Spring has returned, and the heat returns with it.

I mentioned the food consumption shift of weeks following payday. I have this mapped out so far:

  • Friday night, Trudy’s
  • Saturday afternoon, China Star
  • Tuesday, Pluckers

With the rest of my hard-earned dollars, I will pay rent and bills, afford groceries, pour overpriced petrol into my tank, and blow the rest on entertainment that includes but is not limited to comic books.

Speaking of comics, aside from my usual monthly subscriptions and awesome scores on eBay, I scoped out a local Half-Price Books to see if they had any gems. Yes, they did.

I scored both issues of the 2-issue Cable mini-series from the nineties as well as the first issue of the second volume of Cable. I also scored the Gen-13 graphic novel for half-price of course. I also landed three of the four issues of Cloak and Dagger.

Back in the ’80s, comics were relatively inexpensive. The cover price on the Cloak and Dagger issues were 60¢ each. Yes, I got them for half-price meaning that I paid less than a dollar for all three of them which would have been less than if I had bought them in the ’80s.

Granted that these books could only pass for good to fine condition, I only paid half-price for them. The comics shop up the street would have at least charged cover price if not a little more to recoup inventory costs plus they have a decent back issue selection but it’s definitely been picked over.

The Half-Price Books nearby is relatively new. I’d say it’s not even a couple years old. Imagine the gems I can find at the other Half-Price Books in this town. My ongoing mission is going to spend time in each one seeing what I can get. Condition doesn’t matter to me unless the book is ripped, stained, or has evidence of water damage. No more back issue buying for this guy at comic shops. It’s all Half-Price Books ’til my mission’s complete.

With the vast selection of comics at my fingertips itching for me to pull the $$ from my wallet in exchange, I can always find something worth reading some day. Oooh… pictures! Then again, comics aren’t a simple medium these days. Notice how they’ve invaded cinema and television, have been converted into books and novels as well as the reverse of cinema and television being converted into comics. Amazing, yes.

So this is my rant for today. Technically, I’d be getting out of work about two and a half hours from now but I pulled a 9 to 4 shift. Tomorrow, I’m doing a 12 to 6 which is going to be extra awesome ’cause the weekend really is around the corner and this cog will have been paid. TGTF. Peace out.

the buffiends vs. the mother pluckers

This title of this post is irrelevant to what you’re about to read. I had it saved as a draft but never got around to writing it. We’re probably gonna hit up the Chinese buffet this weekend, and we will be attending Pluckers this upcoming Tuesday, so maybe I can feel inspired to write the relevant post.

Work has been miserable since last week until today. I’ve been flooded with so much work, but I finally had a peaceful day today where I was being hounded by someone needing some sort of assistance. I was able to live in my personal bubble and do my tasks to get things done. I’d like to thank my bro again for writing up some volatile batch files to get the work done much much quicker.

Unfortunately, I will have to be in bed decently early tonight. I have to be at work at 9am for a meeting tomorrow. I am not looking forward to this, because I normally do not function at that hour. I also worked an hour over on Monday and two hours over on Tuesday. I felt so overworked that I wanted to minimalize the amount of time I spent in front of the computer hence the lack of posts lately.

Tomorrow is Thursday, TGTF Day. I hope to leave as early as possible tomorrow. If I have to be at work at nine, then I should be able to leave at five. I will probably leave at four, because I don’t want the overtime. I will probably leave at six on Friday, since I will still have accrued two hours overtime. I would rather not be at work knowing that I’ve done my tasks and done my time than be on the clock longer than I should.

Friday is payday. w00t! The few days after pay day usually signal eating out rather than the eating in routine which I plan on doing some Chinese buffet this weekend and Pluckers on Tuesday. I know I already wrote that, but I’m excited. I may not have too much meat on my bones, but I looove food. Hell, who doesn’t?

My car hasn’t been well lately. It leaks oil, and I am going to try to repair it DIY-style for minimal cost (JB Weld, baby!). The car is over eleven years old, and by default, cars that age seem to fall apart slowly but surely.

Mare & I are supposed to make our Za of the Week tonite, but I am not sure since I have to be awake so early tomorrow. She isn’t off work yet, and it’s already half past ten. Maybe we’ll do it on Thursday and if not, then Saturday. We’ll see. Peace out.

the t.g.t.f. part deuce

Thank Goodness Tomorrow’s Friday.

Oh, what a week. Work managed to consume me. For a while, I enjoyed that I could conquer the challenges that I encountered at work. This week has been overwhelming, and I have felt drained these past couple days.

Yesterday, I was so drained that I didn’t even feel like doing much of anything on the computer at home except pop in a DVD and watch something.

Tonight, I had to stay at work an extra hour completing an intensive task, but I still had a couple other things to take care of after that. I’ve fallen behind, because I’ve been so swamped. I am looking forward to tomorrow being Friday.

Work has been solemn lately. I’m not sure if this reflection is based on me being stressed out at work or the place lately in general. I guess I overwork myself, because I go by the belief that if you want something done right then you have to do itself.

I am so glad that my brother is available to help me take care of some of the technical duties at my job. I’m grateful that he has the knowledge to whip together batch files that keep me from staying at work sixteen hours a day.

Mare and I enjoyed a homemade pizza last night, so the Za of the Week post will be coming up soon. Tonight, I think we’re having burgers and fries, another meal I highly enjoy. Peace out.

the t.g.t.f.

Thank Goodness Tomorrow’s Friday.

I’m looking forward to going to Stubb’s after work to see one of my all-time favorite bands NOFX. The word through the grapevine is that they’re playing The Decline in its entirety. It’s 18+ minutes of one hell of an awesome song. I hope this rumor’s true, and that they play it for the Austin crowd. I’m excited. This will be a memorable Leap Day.

Today was yet another ultra-busy day at work. I wrapped up my weekly project. We got a new soda machine with a new selection of drink varieties. Added to the mix are: lemonade (the one I voted for but not the right brand), Mountain Dew, La Croix sparkling water, Sprite, Diet Pepsi, and Big Red. I see some of these changing in the future, but it’s a treat to have that many to choose from along with the other choices we’ve had before for only a quarter a can.

Another bonus at work today was that I finally received my nameplate. I guess that makes me an absolute official member of the crew. The discouraging type may think that nameplates are given out as a morale booster, but I earned it and you didn’t. This ex-pizza boy is now more of a corporate cog than ever. w00t!

Prepare yourself for the +3 posts I will be completing tonite ’cause 29 was the goal. Peace out.

the ultra-busy

Today was one of those days at work when the work starts as soon as I clocked in and wasn’t going to end for another eight hours. As much as I get to sit down at a computer and do my job, my head still feels worn out at the end of the day.

Neil came by for dinner tonite. We had porkloin, veggies, and mashed potatoes. Mare did an excellent job at cooking it all. Afterwards, we met up with K$ at the Crpwn (sic).


Anyway, I’m gonna get to my late night viewing to sleep after this. I know I’m three posts short, but I am focused to make it up to you before Friday. Actually, I’ll have to make it up to you by tomorrow nite ’cause Friday nite is NOFX!

To conclude and because I’m tired, check out Journey performing Don’t Stop Believin’ live, and here are three reasons why Steve Perry is Steve Perry in this video:

  1. The leopard print shirt was meant for a woman.
  2. He can pass as someone’s mother.
  3. He has no shame wearing tight pants with his package outlined for all to see.


the case of the mondays

I’m approaching the final hour of the day as I start this post. I definitely had the case of the Mondays. The day went by quick, but it almost felt everything was in disarray at work. I stayed busy as usual, but I wasn’t able to finish everything I planned for the day for once.

I am currently listening to The Network’s Money Money 2020 and enjoying it. If you’re gonna listen to the record, then make sure you get the version that has the cover of The Misfits’ Teenagers From Mars.

I’m working my way through Dilbert: The Complete Series and the fifth volume of Aqua Teen Hunger Force as the discs show up one by one in my mailbox. Fortunately, the Writers strike is coming to an end, so fresh programming should be flooding the torrents soon. Speaking of which, watching the second season of The Office is very addicting.

To conclude this post, check out a live performance from one of the better rock bands of the mid-90’s, Jawbreaker.

10-22-1994 at Nice-N-Sleazy, Glasgow