Finally Going Back To Work!

Ugh, I’ve been off now for for way too long!

I love being off for weeks at a time but, three months is way too long. I really love my job; well, the being outdoors in the middle of nowhere part of it anyway. It’s so great to get away, be alone, contemplating this or that while being surrounded by the flora and fauna Spiderthat just doesn’t exist in your everyday world. After about four weeks out in the field, however, I start missing being around people as well so, there has to be some kind of balance but, I’m not quite there yet. I think three weeks on and three off would be perfect, honestly.

I’m going to ‘West Texas’ on this job so, it should be quite an experience; I’ve yet to have any work out there. From what I understand, everything is a lot more dangerous, from the toxic gas coming out of the ground (H2S or Hydrogen Sulfide) to the types and sheer amount of spiders and snakes and who knows what else. My brother once said it was like working in the setting of The Hills Have Eyes but, I’ve never seen it; maybe I’ll watch it this evening to give myself something more to look forward to over the next few weeks!

I plan on getting a lot of painting done while I’m out there. I’ve recently gotten into a game called Infinity (expect some posts about it soon) Infinity and have a small number of minis to get painted up. The problem is, is that they’re so god damn beautiful! The quality and amount of detail is insane and very intimidating so, I’ve been procrastinating on getting it done. Depending on how long I’ll be out there, I’ll probably take care of my orcs I picked up for my game as well, Syndicate: Clash.

I don’t know what kind of cell or data service I’ll have out there at all so, if you don’t hear from me for a while, that’d be why. I do intend on writing all I can while I’m out there though so, maybe the days I manage to make it into town there will be updates on here; we’ll see.

Wish me luck!


Apparent Mini-Vacation

So, I definitely didn’t think I’d be off work for this long. I was trying to wait for the next job to start up before I made my next post but, I’m getting anxious so, here I am. Anxious for a lot of things really but, the next job to start up is pretty much the top thing on my mind at the moment. And only because Winter is coming and I don’t want to be out in the middle of nowhere in a sexy little sports car while it’s cold and snowy. I need to get a truck ASAP and, although I’m getting paid VERY well out here, I need the next job to kick in (and end) before I can afford the down payment. That’s stressing me out a bit but, that’s it; everything else has been flippin’ fantastic. The other projects I’m working on: the website for the Zeitgeist Ambassador (a TZM sail boat), a new newsletter for Ninja Division (the company that publishes Relic Knights…), a Vassal module for Relic Knights (a new game I’ve been obsessing over lately), and I think that’s about it.

So then, what’ve I been up to?

The day after I got off the previous job (Clearfork-Pullen) I hit the bank to grab a new checking and savings account down here and immediately ordered the game that I had been wanting for months; Relic Knights. When it came in I dove in straight away; filing, gluing, reading. I went to Reaper Miniatures headquarters here in TX for some modeling advice and was very ill impressed. Specifically, I went there for an open paint/painting clinic with their own artists and what I got was something less than stellar; a few cranky employees and a clique of people who had no interest in helping out a newbliet like myself. Needless to say, I haven’t been back and probably won’t bother in the future. I figured things out for myself though, and have been going to a local game shop called SciFi Factory pretty much every day just to keep myself out of the house. The minis are now painted up completely and since, I’ve managed to get in about eight games; not bad for a game that no one plays around here but me and that I’ve only had a couple weeks! I absolutely love it and I’ll be doing a review in another post.

I finished the Through The Breach Fated Almanac and wasn’t too thrilled about it. I’ll write up a full review on it in another post.

I went to WaCon, a small convention in Waco, TX and had a good time. I pretty much just taught people how to play Krosmaster Arena through the entire convention; I’m used to it. I did bring Relic Knights but, sadly, the miniatures area was fairly lackluster. Only a small handful of Warhammer 40K players and the guy running it, hated the game so, I don’t image many people in the miniature room had much fun. I managed to get in a game of Duel of Ages II but other than that, the main productivity of the convention was in socializing. I’m not good at meeting people, down right terrible at it actually but, I grew closer to the guys down here that my brother hangs out with and that, as an outcome, is better than anything else I could have asked for over the weekend.

A few of you have been wanting to take a look at some of the photos I’ve taken while out on the job site so, I manage to put a little photo album together on Photobucket to share. I think it’d be fun to keep a photo journal of all the locations I work so, without further adieu, Clearfork-Pullen.

That’s it for now, peeps.

Chapter _ Part 2

Read part one here

I’ve been quite thoroughly into activism in a number of forms over the past 6 years or so now; marching on behalf of cleaning up the environment, better support for our public educators, ending the reign of terror the US seems to bring across the world. I’ve given lectures, been interviewed, have interviewed; I’ve canvassed neighbourhoods, collected donations (with Greenpeace), I spoke at Occupy Chicago, I’ve lead ‘teach-ins’, and sat with hundreds as the rich elite threw dollar bills from atop their glass framed building tops.

One of the topics often brought up has to do with Oil; peek oil, fracking, political pay-offs, ground water pollution, theft of nations, the raping of the land, the list goes on. The topic is huge and has sparked protest across the globe and I’ve had the honour of being a part of several of these events over the past few years. One of the things you notice, however, when surrounding yourself with protest circles the education on the subject tends to fall short at times. As an example, you could ask a rather large handful of a protest group what fracking is and you’ll get varying answers that typically tend to stay around the same talking points but, when you take the conversation further it quickly gets lost. I’ve been on the receiving end of this and it’s utterly embarrassing!

I’ve had these conversations with my brother in the past and, for him, it always comes down to the fact that he has a family that he needs to take care of (at this point is should be noted that my brother, Andrew, has worked in the oil industry for several years now, including a stint at Halliburton). Who can argue with that? We all have loved ones that need support and if your world view goes even slightly beyond the tip of your own nose, like mine does, you notice that ‘loved ones’ goes much farther than your own ‘flesh and blood’.

I, on the other hand, don’t have family to take care of (outside of brothers, parents, a sister) so, the monetary focus for me has been towards that world view directly. I’ve spent every bit of what I’ve earned over the past few years on living frugally with a focus on marketing for the activist campaigns I’ve been a part of. Banners, posters, fliers, digital media, lecture spaces, tabling events, every bit of my funds have been funnelled into my standing up for this cause or that and, let me tell you, it’s been a struggle. Pushing your activism beyond relying on others for the literature you’re handing out takes a decent chunk of change and, this next chapter here will easily help with that.

I bring all this up because this transition stems from both my quest for knowledge and my fight for everything that’s good in this world. I’m getting first hand experience with the oil industry from the ground up and improving my mechanical skills (of which I had very little) in spades. I’m also, for a change, making a more expendable income that will help my future endeavours in activism. I won’t have to be so reserved when it comes to the design materials I use in my posters and banners and I’ll be able to schedule events without being concerned with whether or not I’ll have the funds needed.

Every bit of this chapter has been completely positive and, I’m not so sure I could say I’ve ever been happier. The future is bright and I’m nearing light speed.