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Who loves ya baby?!? [Dec. 7th, 2005|09:24 pm]
[mood |craving]
[music |History Channel - Modern Marvels]

God I want an Eggnog Shake from McDonald's! I went there the other day in Huntington but of course they've never even heard of an Eggnog Shake. I asked and just got a blank stare. Damn heathens! I bet if I asked for a salsa shake they could have given me one! lol ok sorry, that was off color but dammit I've been jonesing for an Eggnog Shake for weeks now. I've heard that supposedly they have them from after Thanksgiving until New Years Day, so hopefully I can get one somewhere before they are gone for the year, or else I might have to ask someone to buy one and throw it in the freezer lol. They're so good, and then it's just a few more months until the Shamrock Shakes! There ya go, a post all about McDonald's shakes. =)
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Voice Post: [Nov. 28th, 2005|09:17 pm]
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“Hello everyone. Eric here. Just testing out my voice posting capabilities on my livejournal. I will soon have it set up so people can actually transcribe my voice messages, if they so desire...which will be cool because I'm planning on using this to record my journal home from California...through the SOUTH...and back to Michigan, so I can kind of update it, and if anyone is intrested they can check it out. And if they don't have a broadband connection [although you probably won't need one] to actually listen to the voice post, then they can read the transcription from whoever wants to take the time to transcribe it. So...with that said...there's not much to really say right now, so I will be off...but I will talk to you all soon! Bye bye.”

Transcribed by: spoonx0r
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! [Nov. 24th, 2005|07:12 pm]
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!! And a special shout out to everyone who called me today, you guys rock! =)
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OMFG LOL! [Nov. 22nd, 2005|03:54 am]
[mood |surprisedsurprised]

So I was having a typically crappy day at work, with no projectionist and my Chief of Staff (they're the ones that handle all the stocking and inventory) out sick. While I was counting down the concession register, one of my staff (Ben, of the band Bottom Line) asks me: "Have you ever seen that movie Napoleon Dynamite?" So I of course answer yes.

Him: "Well I swear that the guy who plays Pedro is in theater 5 watching Get Rich or Die Tryin'."
Me: "What?! No way. Why would he be watching a movie in Huntington Beach?"
Him: "I don't know, but I swear to god it was him. Go in there and look."
Me: "Fine..."

So I go in the theater under the guise of doing a theater check. There are only about 6 people in there, and it's easy to spot the person Ben was talking about, sitting near the back with what must have been his girlfriend. So I get a look at the guy, but he doesn't look anything like I remember Pedro looking. So I go back out into the lobby and tell Ben he's crazy. Since I couldn't remember the Pedro's real name, I decided to IMDB it. So I found Efren Ramirez and along with his info there was a recent picture. It turns out he's got long hair now and without the mustache, looks completely different!

Well I couldn't let this opportunity pass without doing something. I didn't know if it was him or not, but I was willing to make a fool of myself to find out. So I waited until just before the end of the movie, and then went in there with a broom and dust pan (I didn't want to look like I was waiting for them, even though I was, but I didn't want to look like it!) =). The credits started to roll and everyone left the theater except the two I was waiting for. I was standing in the back and I don't think they saw me because the girl got up and started dancing to the music lol. While doing that I think she noticed me standing there and said something to her boyfriend. Shortly after that, they both got up and started to walk out past me. They told me to have a goodnight and were heading out the door. I almost didn't say it but right as he was opening the door I turned and said "Are you Efren?" He stopped dead in his tracks and turned and looked at me astounded. His girlfriend sort of chuckled and just said "Yeah..." So I'm like "The actor?" (This was probably a dumb thing to say, but it's not everyday I confront possible famous people!) He just responded, again with an astounded look, "Yeah." I'm just like "That's awesome!" hehe. So I asked him to sign the only thing I could think of, my Mann Theatres Manager name tag. His girlfriend thought this was really funny and then she made the comment "Luckeeee" lol. I thanked him and shook his hand again and they walked away and went in and pretended to clean the theater. I forgot to even look at the tag after he signed it, so I looked down and laughed to read "Vote for Pedro...Efren Ramirez". After a few minutes, I ran into the couple again and they asked where the bathroom was lol. On their way out another theater had gotten out and there was probably 10 people in the lobby with them but no one noticed. They both told me to have a good night and left. LOL! How crazy is that! It really made a crappy night a hell of a lot better! Of course I wound up not getting out until 3:00 a.m. because the inventory was so jacked but who cares! =)

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Bkag Blah Blag... [Nov. 21st, 2005|02:52 pm]
[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |Green Day - Waiting]

Holy crap, I just slept for 10 1/2 hours. I have no idea why. Now it's almost time for me to get ready for work but I seriously don't want to go. I don't think I'm going to put much effort into it. It's not that I'm lazy, anyone who knows me knows that I always put a lot of effort and personal interest (sometimes too much) into my job. But this job is different, no one takes any interest in their jobs at all, even the supposed "Acting General Manager" doesn't actually give a crap about anything other than the numbers at the end of the night. So it's for that reason that I think I'm just going to coast through the next two weeks as much as possible. It's crazy that home still seems so far away, but it's only 35 days. I look around at all the stuff I'm probably going to have to give up to make it back. I really will have to start all over from scratch with a lot of things, but I suppose starting over can be a good thing from time to time.
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And I wait... [Nov. 20th, 2005|02:59 pm]
[mood |optimisticoptimistic]
[music |U2 - Beautiful Day]

Things are looking up for a change. I have crossed the financial threshold to carry out my plans (assuming I can refrain from needless spending). This means that I am free to depart from my job (which is causing me enormous amounts of stress) at any time that I see fit. I will give me two weeks notice either tomorrow or Thursday, most likely tomorrow. =) Assuming I'm not fired between now and the 1st, this will give a nice cushion of money for when I return. My only remaining worry is my large items that I need to rid myself of before my trip. Luckily Phoenix has agreed to take my sofa, chair, coffee table, microwave, and bistro table. This means I still need to get rid of my bed, my computer desk, my other desk, and my tv stand. If it comes down to it, I guess I can just probably stick them by the dumpster and high tail it out of dodge. My grandparents are anticipating my arrival and said that they are happy I am coming back. Of course they've already started with the "You need to get a job" talk. I'm not sure if they're aware that I don't plan on getting another full time job if at all possible, but that's something that can be discussed once I'm already back. For now I must push ahead and do my best to tie up any loose ends.

I am, however, extremely optimistic of the coming year. I believe that there are a lot of very good things looming just over the horizon. I think 2006 is going to rock. I think it's about time the mid-mid-life crisis comes to an end and my goals start coming to fruition. It's time to move ahead and to not look back. It's time to start living by my own rules and no one else's. Oh yes, it's going to be a good year...
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Ahhhhhhhhhh! [Nov. 17th, 2005|02:42 am]
[music |Adult Swim - Family Guy]

My boss is an idiot, he freaking kept me on the phone for over 45 minutes until 1:30 in the morning, all over the fact that we were missing 8 popcorn bags on our inventory. All he did was repeat things over and over again. But it's impossible for me to get work done while on the phone with him so I couldn't leave until after 2 a.m. Yes missing popcorn bags is not good, but all he did was talk about how his commission would be effected. That's not a very good way to motivate your employees who don't get a fucking commission! I was elated to finally calculate out today that I have in fact reached the point of financial independence from my job. In other words I could quit right now and still have enough money (although it would be close) to carry out my plans. It's such a relief knowing that you could leave at any minute and still be ok.
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"You know, sometimes circles run around you..." [Nov. 15th, 2005|10:47 pm]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]
[music |Adult Swim - Futurama]

Oh my god, my job is causing me to lose my mind! No one can stand the new General Manager that was sent to "clean up" our theater. At first his ideas seemed like a welcome change, there were a lot of things that could be done better. But it didn't take long to realize that he didn't want to be here and was more pre-occupied with his other more important Hollywood theaters. You can't even talk to the guy without him talking to someone else on the phone at the same time. It's so annoying that when you try to talk to him about anything, you have to tell him at least three times before he gets it. I can only figure it's because his mind is on other "more important" things. I get so sick of repeating myself over and over again. Not to mention that the staff is so fed up that they're all quiting. I can't really say that I blame them since it's not such a great job and only pays minimum wage. So that only adds to my frustration of trying to make a staff schedule for the upcoming...dare I say it...Harry Potter opening. Everyone keeps making comments on how stressed out I look, and I don't doubt that I am. We're also still looking for another Assistant Manager which means that it's still just Melody and I. Melody is nice enough, but she still needs some work on management things. Anyway, at this rate I'll be lucky to make it through the next three weeks. I've decided to make December 8th my last day. I honestly don't want to even go that long but it will help to have that little extra boost of money once I get home. Plus that will give me a little less than three weeks to make my final preparations and chill with the Pheen, I'm really going to miss that guy.
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(no subject) [Nov. 13th, 2005|11:55 am]
[mood |draineddrained]
[music |Tom Petty - You Don't Know How It Feels]


1. a. A period of stagnation or slump.
b. A period of depression or unhappy listlessness.

I would say that pretty well defines my life at the moment. Like everyone, I have good days and I have bad. The last couple days have been more in the bad category than the good. Perhaps it is because I've had the last three days off of work. I would consider that a good thing but it also give me a lot of time to be alone with my thoughts and think about everything that I'm facing before me. At times it feels like I still have so much to do and that it will never get done, and then at other times I feel like there isn't anything I can do. I feel like I'm cut off from the world, but I know that it's only through my own doing that got here. 43 days but it might as well be 43 years because it feels the same. Who is to say that my plans will even work? What evidence do I have that any of it will happen as I have planned? That's worst part, I have no idea if any of it will even work but all I can do is keep going forward with it. This is the part where you've figured out what you want to do, you've got it all planned out, but now since there isn't any more planning, you begin to question everything that you just planned. Will it work? Will the people that matter still be there? Or will I have to start all over again? I just have to stick to the plan and hope that the plan will get me where I want to go. But that is going to be far easier said, than done.
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A night on the town... [Nov. 12th, 2005|09:33 pm]
[mood |awed]

So tonight Pheen and I decided to head out on the town to Hollywood. Neither of us had actually been there before so it was quite an awesome experience. First thing that was awesome was actually seeing the Hollywood sign for the first time. It was pretty sweet, but unfortunately I couldn't get any pictures of it. Next we went down Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We actually parked next to the star of Johnny Cash. =) We walked down the walk for a while to the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. I'm not quite sure why Hollywood and Vine is so famous because there really isn't much there but it was still cool. Here are a few pics from our journey down Hollywood Boulevard.

After that we took a trip up in the hills of Bel Air. Now the one thing I've wanted to do since I got here was go up in the hills above L.A. and look out over the city. Tonight I finally got a chance to do that. My camera really sucks at taking pictures in the dark and the pics that I have don't really do the view justice. It was an amazing sight and if you ever have the chance to visit L.A. I really think you should see it.

It felt different being in an actual city once again. Orange County is definitely not the same as L.A. Walking down Hollywood Blvd. reminded me of walking down The Magnificent Mile in Chicago, only it was quite a bit warmer here. =)

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