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September 26th, 2007

Rainy days

Posted by admin in food, work

Tuesday began with the alarm of my cell phone with it’s irritating ring and it is so bad it forces me to get up and really wish I could throw it against the wall and sleep more but life gets in the way and bills haunt me and I love my toys folks. It is just that simple.

I woke up – took the shower and did my morning routine and went to have a horrible stale bowl of cereal – raisin bran by the way for you stalkers out there (you know who you are – call me) and then went to my first appointment.  It went ok to say the least but at least she listened and then nicely said no she wasn’t going to buy anything.  I felt like Tommy Boy as he was told never take a no for an answer and then would quickly get up and leave once he (and I) received the no.

I was determined to do better on the next appointment and walked into this old office waiting to talk with with older doctor and had to wait and wait and wait.  Meanwhile I kept having to go back to my car to get something and it was raining like crazy – so bad that the roads were flooded – people were driving crazy and I sighed – I am so lucky to have the honor of doing this job.  She finally came out and I soon learned she hadn’t been doing much with the products at all even after all of the training I did for her and the staff.  She would make neat notes on her papers but would probably never look at them again.  The part that really surprised me was when she said she would buy some of the newer items and so I took the order.   I reviewed the training again with her and made some other suggestions and she wrote them all down and smiled.  She reminded me of my grandmother as she would glance at me with those eyes and the way she wrote each word with such care.

The next appointment was not so great – the doctor was stiff and I felt like I was back in grade school and had to go to the office since I was in trouble.  He glanced at me like I had told him to go f**k off but I would never do (wink wink at least to his face) that – I reviewed the new items and he said he would consider them and so I left.

The evening came quickly and I didn’t have many dinner options so I went to Applebee’s and I have to tell you that this meal was the BEST meal I have ever had at this place – I had a great salad and some gilled shrimp and they (the shrimp) were so hot and seasoned so well I almost placed another order.

September 24th, 2007

The talk

Posted by admin in work

As I posted the other day I was concerned about how things were going at work – I have been making the calls – getting appontments and trying to make some sales but it seems like all of my accounts and I are not on the same page.  I had the talk with the boss and I was surprised to hear him be supportive rather than spend an hour yelling at me.  I guess since I have some horrible bosses in the past I felt like a battered child just waiting for that next slap.  Instead he was very helpful and gave me some ideas on how I could improve and to hang in there.

Later that night I had to drive to southern Indiana and I would be spending a week there and end the week with a tradeshow in Bloomington with a coworker of mine.  It is a long drive but I have my podcasts to keep me entertained.

September 23rd, 2007

Sad Sunday

Posted by admin in church, friends, life

Maybe it was the little sleep I received or maybe it was leftover blues from Friday (see that post for why) becuase I was in such a mood today. I woke up and cuddled with Joe and then decided to go to church so I took a quick shower and made my way over there. I drove into the parking lot and was happy to see many cars there and walked in with my pop cans they use to make money for the church. I saw a friend of mine and sat down and the service began and yet again irony hit home with me. As I have told you many times that my work has not been going well and so I have had issues with my boss for a while now. Tomorrow I was going to be talking with him and since he wrote me an email on Friday night telling me how my sales for the month were so bad that he wanted to know what I was going to do to turn it around. I thought the world was coming down on this call and was getting stressed out. So I thought being in church would be good for me and seeing some friends etc would help too.

What happens is the pastor begins to talk about a passage where there are issues with a boss and the employee and I almost laughed when she began talking. This has not been the first time she has done this and it is like she has been watching my life like in the movie that Jim Carrey was in and I was shocked when she continued on and on about this. I could relate in so many ways and it made me realize that I have some issues I need to work on.

Next came the time where people can say out loud prayers for people they care about and the pastor with her down said something that truly hit me once again as she talked about a lady at church who I had an instant connection with was in a car accident on Thursday. She was at a stop sign and this old man slammed into the back of her truck and she is so lucky to be alive – she is very sore and she is worried that her truck will be totaled. I was in shock since I had no clue this had happened and many of us turned and looked at her and she was still freaked out by all this (I know I would be too) and so after the services I went to her and we talked. She told me what had happened and I told her how glad I was she was ok and she hugged me and thanked me. She is one amazing woman and I can’t tell you how much she has done fo the people at this church and I am so glad she is in my life.

Afterwards, I went back home and began to do some work I felt I had to do and Joe helped me with some stuff and seeing how I was busy he decided to go home and get some stuff done there. I was so consumed on doing this I ended up not doing my movie night which is very rare for me to do – even with family functions I leave in time for this event. I guess I was not in a mood to host the event and didn’t want to deal with all of the people at that moment. I did get alot done and I was happy for that.

September 21st, 2007

Thanks for my life….

Posted by admin in death, life, love, work

As you can see by many of the posts I write about my job and how boring it has been lately. I travel on the roads of Indiana, Michigan and Northern Illinois every week for the past 5 years and have driven over 180,000 miles. Casualities of this job have been my ex, legs getting sore, I don’t get to see my family, friends and current partner as much as I would like. Benefits: I have met some wonderful people via my podcast while on the road and been able to get some perks from the job like free food, free hotels etc.

Today was going the usual way only the joy of driving in the rain helped to make it different. I went to see an account which could turn out to be a good one so we shall see. What happened next really shook me up and I was driving to my next account – going down this curvy road and as I completed the curve I look to see a van is heading my way in MY LANE and so I slam on the horn and praying to God that he/she is going to be moving over and I won’t get killed. My guardian angel must have some serious bumps and bruises because the van moved over just in time and I was lucky. I could have been killed instantly and for what? Someone on the cell phone talking to his/her love? Trying to change the radio since you didn’t want to hear the latest trash from Brittany? I really don’t care at the moment I am busy shaking and happy I am ok. I imagine what would have happen if I wasn’t and how I would have missed Joe and everyone I love including those wonderful people who take the time to listen to my show and comment and even the ones who don’t.

It made my realize that this job is not that important to me and how I am going to do my best to find something else soon so I don’t have to be on the road as much. Send those positive vibes my way people please!

September 20th, 2007

Lambda Legal Dinner

Posted by admin in lambda legal

Work wise today falls into the so what category – I talked with some people have some potential business coming so we shall see. The night was totally different – Joe was driving down to attend the Lambda dinner with me and my cousin and her partner. This is the third time I have been here and in the past I have really enjoyed them. The first year they had Kate Clinton and last year they had Chad Allen who has been on my podcast which was alot of fun.

Here is what is listed on their website and what they do:

At Lambda Legal, we imagine a different world — a world of full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV — and we work to create that world every day. We pursue impact litigation, education and advocacy to make the case for equality in state and federal court, the Supreme Court and in the court of public opinion.

The work we do has impact on the way we live — we change laws, policies and ideas. From our national headquarters in New York and four regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, our legal and public education experts select the cases and issues that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.

Our legal and educational work touches nearly every aspect of our lives. We win legal victories for clients who seek equality on the job, protection for their parenting or relationship rights, equal access to health care or protection against discrimination because of HIV status, sexual orientation or gender identity. We also represent clients in cases involving immigration, military service, the rights of students in school and the rights of LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care. We support our work in the courts with high-impact public education campaigns to change the hearts and minds of people across the country.

We also maintain a national network of volunteer Cooperating Attorneys, which widens the scope of our legal work and allows attorneys, legal workers and law students to become involved in our program by working with our legal staff.

Lambda Legal’s work ultimately benefits all people, for it helps to fashion a society that is truly diverse and tolerant. Our mission to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status in this country has become an intrinsic part of the struggle for civil rights.

Joe and I in our new suits walked around and looked at the items up for the silent auction and waited for my cousin and her partner and other friends to arrive. Normally I spend too much money at the silent auctions but this time I didn’t really see anything that said YOU MUST BUY ME so I bought Joe and I very expensive glasses of wine and then we went to the dinner. The room was filled with hundreds of people and the part that really surprised me was to find out this Indy chapter is one of the largest in the country and they make more money here then in Washington DC can you believe that? I was very impressed with that but sadly Indiana is still behind when it comes to rights for gay people. It is truly very sad some of the cases I have heard about over the years.

I have some good news to report – I talked with many people this evening about being on the show and majority of them said they would love to be on the show so we shall see. Keep those fingers crossed people!

September 19th, 2007

Is anyone reading this stuff?

Posted by admin in Uncategorized

I have been doing this personal blog stuff for a while now and I have no idea if anyone is really reading this stuff. Are you? Do me a favor and hit the comment button and tell me that this is something you will look at even it is once in a while ok?

Serioously today was a so so day once again. I was in Lafayette, Indiana the town of the Purdue college and don’t have any accounts that do much here but there are two potential people I visited. We shall see if it turns out to be anything or not.

I am really excited about the new fall season and can’t wait for Heroes, Ugly Betty, Survivor etc and anxious to see if the Bionic Woman is worth al of the hype.

September 18th, 2007

Another day another $32.42

Posted by admin in work

Today was very weird since I had to go see this account that I haven’t been to in a long time. I walked in and the very first thing the office manager said was where are your glasses – I had lasik done about 1-1/2 yrs ago so I was shocked that it had been so long since I had visited them. The doctor who owns the practice has not been motivated to do more and so I was hoping to change his opinion today. Did it work? No since the doctor wasn’t even there. I talked with the office manager and some of the staff and I did sell a few things but it really wasn’t even worth the drive, the hotel cost and even the free bagel and diet coke I received from them.

September 17th, 2007

Yes it is another F#$king Monday

Posted by admin in Uncategorized

Ahhh another wonderul weekend has ended and the glorious sun rises again to bring us yet another day of doom called Monday. This Monday was no exception since this is the day I make my calls to get appointments so I can be on the road all week and do all of the lovely driving I have to do. So after call after call I took a break for lunch and realized that I had a conference call for this afternoon and so I had to hurry up and get as many calls as I could. Finally 3pm arrived and I was not to excited to pick up that phone and make the call but of course I did. I thought it was funny when the boss said they were going to change the format of the call and hopefully it would be completed sooner – yeah right – 2 hours later we were finally done.

I rushed to get packed for the drive I had to make to Muncie and then finally left – on the ride I called my mom, Joseph and Thom from Nashville – then went to bed.

September 16th, 2007

Homo Movie Night

Posted by admin in homo movie night

Tonight’s feature: Disturbia

I would have to say I was not expecting much from this horror flick and I was so glad I was wrong. I thought the movie was very good – very scary in certain parts and have to say it kept you on your toes especially the beginning scene very intense. It is always fun watching a movie like this when you have someone who gets too involved with movies like this and my friend was no exception – when it would get scary he would look at my catalogs or conveniently go get something to drink in the kitchen!

I would definitely recommend and so I would give it a rating of B+ – let me know what you think if you have watched it!

September 15th, 2007

Friday and Saturday with Joe

Posted by admin in Uncategorized

Here I go as I begin this new blog I was concerned that I would not remember to write something for each day. Guess my life is too boring to do this but here goes. I came home Friday after doing some training for an account of mine and it went well. They seem very open to do more things but they seem to be all talk since their sales have been down. It gets really frustrating when my actions don’t seem to turn into sales as I have hoped. I remember walking into an account when I first started and thought I wouldn’t get much business from them since they are one of my bigger accounts and then walked out with a $5000 sale. That seems so long ago since that happened.

Anyway I arrived at home and Joe was on the way over – we went to have dinner and it was nice to be able to see him again. He is a really wonderful guy and I am lucky things are going so well. We went back home and watched some television and had a quiet night.

Saturday I woke up early and found him on the eliptical machine so since he was exercising I decided I had better do some as well – so I grabbed my gear and went for a run. The weather is beginning to cool and so it felt good and I hope I can continue with this. When I synched my info to my Nike+ website I realized that I was only 8 miles from completing 100 miles! I was really happy about this.

Since Joe and I are going to be attending the Lambda Dinner in Indianapolis – we decided to get some new suits and so we were on the way to check them out and we decided to make a detour to the animal shelter to look at dogs. We had been talking about getting one and thought we would go see what they had. Joe fell in love with a black chow mix called Stella and I was like so so on her. I really liked this other dog that was a small black dog with a white stripe on the front so adorable. The funny thing was this dog was all over the place trying to get my attention and when it saw my cell phone it was like he/she knew what I was doing and stopped and just stared at me so I could take the picture. It was really funny and the dog did it several times. Joe filled out the paperwork and we are going to get a call soon to see if we are approved or not.

Next we went to the mall to look at the suits and they were nice and they had a great deal – two $200 suits for the price of $250 so that is not bad at all. While we were buying the suits, my oldest godson came over with his girlfriend and we chatted for a bit. It is hard to believe that he will be done with high school so soon and ready for college. I still remember the days holding him in my arms and spoiling him rotten with clothes and toys.

We went back home and simply enjoyed the quiet time together and watched some more television. Can’t get more exciting than that huh?

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