Wednesday, October 1

Costumes for Kids 2014

It's that time of year again!  We're collecting used and new costumes for kids in the tri state area.  By Tri-State I'm talking about Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West by-God Virginia!

Basically we just collect costumes and decorations all year long and then a few days before Halloween we have a Halloween party and hand out costumes to all the local kids.  All the left over costumes get dropped off at local schools for distribution to kids who might show up in a paper bag or worse yet - with no costume at all!

I've been doing this for about 6 years now, and it's probally one of my favorite annual projects.  The look and excitement that fills the kids faces when they are rummaging through costumes and makeup is priceless.  More importantly than that though - is the look and thanks from their parents.  I've had parents - or usually supervising adults - literally cry and tell me their life problems and express their gratitude - which is just awesome knowing that the costumes that you folks donate go to help out with the most important thing in childhood - MEMORIES OF FUN!!

Donations can be dropped off or mailed directly to the shop

JC's Wellsville Barber Shop
458 Main Street
Wellsville, OH 43968

Thanks in advance and love life!
j.

Need that Life Changing Progam

We have all heard the term "Life Changing".  Unfortunately it mostly has to come from someone that has a near death experience or a birth of a child or a crazy situation.  I have been looking for that program that just completely switches the way I life and approach life day to day.  Unfortunately though, it seems that everything out there geared towards this is basically on the market to make money.  It's almost like I want to be a part of some great movement that just trains myself to eat better and quit putting so much nonsense in my body, laugh and smile all day at everything, and just have a love for life.  Right now - it's more along the lines of stressed out depression and anxiety in a blender.  Oh well - things always manage to look up.  There has to be a better way - right?

Speaking of life changing, my baby is 9 months old today.  Yes, I know what you are thinking.  "You were just talking about needing a life change, isn't that enough?"  Of course he is.  I love spending as much time as possible with him.  The added stresses of having a baby, only realized by people that have small children or have had them in the past, can come across as overwhelming at times.  Plus with a child this age, there's not much you can actually take them to do so I find myself working a lot and spending most of my free time couped up in the house with the baby.

I was listening to an ebook a few years ago and there was a woman on there stating to start you have to move.  It's like that commercial on television that a body in motion, stays in motion.  Half the battle,however, is actually getting in motion.  I'm not looking for a short cut or an easy way out - basically I just want brainwashed without totally removing my personality or love for my family and others.  I also don't want to be so far gone that all I do is preach and try to sell my lifestyle to others instead of just enjoying life.

I have a few things planned which I will detail inside my next blog.  I hope to have this available by Friday.  I figured that I needed to take a few minutes out to get the blog up and running again.

love life.
j.

Sunday, August 3

Hello, Hello..

Wow - I'm so sorry for the lack of posts lately.  As you can tell by the last one, I had several setbacks in the game of Life that have been keeping me busy.

My ceiling in the upstairs of my house decided to fall in randomly.  Basically because of poor construction from the guy we bought the place off of.  There were two layers of drywall with plaster and about two feet of blow in insulation just attached to the original trusses of the house.  Dumbass carpenter plus humidity equals - a goddamned mess!  It destroyed most of the things we had upstairs, including our bed.  On top of that the guy that wrote my house policy did a horrible job so none of it was covered at all.  $1500 bucks for the cleanup, another $4000 to have new ceilings put in, and still looking down the barrel of repainting, recarpeting, and re-furnishing.  Great times!

On top of that my father in law got sick and they realized he had some stomach cancer.  They went in, worked on him for about 8 hours, and came back out stating they couldn't get it all.  He's a great guy and taking it pretty well - but is pretty sore.  Even the thought of losing him has everyone all blank faced and in disbelief, especially my wife.  So on that one - fuck you cancer!

Also - I did a benefit and helped out with a few other benefits for a young boy named Noah that was diagnosed and fought Leukemia about 2 years ago.  I'm very sad to report that Noah's fight ended this past week.  I can't go into detail because honestly I get emotional about it and his family is still upset, but I know I'll miss the little guy tremendously.

I have been working a lot lately at the corporate gig.  They went from no overtime to telling me that we had to be at a certain percent or another percent or we had the possibility of loosing clients.  They changed my team completely around and started making us do basically illegal shit to make this client happy.  It's my team and my department that this particular number derives from.  During the merger this was one account in Pittsburgh that they kept my company's folks on originally - and added the other company's management to look over.  They all seem to hate the other side and bust my balls on a daily.  But you know what?  I worked my ass off, got them that number they were looking for - and didn't say one damn word about it.  Adding careless people to my team, removing thorough people, and telling me that if I didn't make this happen 34 people could loose their job was enough motivation to me.  Now allow me to go on a quick second tangent for a second.

Quality of quantity.  The corporate management style focuses so much on numbers and that is it.  I have four bosses who do nothing but pull numbers.  I have four people below me that are supposed to make these numbers happen.  Last thursday was the last day of the month.  It was numbers and spreadsheet city.  All I could think was if you idiots would quit pulling reports and start helping out (even just one of you), we could make this work with less stress.  Meaningless jobs.  I had been going in at 5 or 6 in the morning and staying until 7ish at least to make this happen.  These assholes would just come in 10 minutes after the start of their shift, have a thousand meaningless meetings and try to pull me into half of them, and leave at their regular time.  Sit down long enough to bitch or send more numbers and then back at it.  Maybe it is the entrepeneur mind in me, but maybe it is just common sense.  I hate this place more each week.  I have no problem busting my ass, working, and being productive and even don't mention the fact that I am underpaid and undervalued.  Lets face it - things are tough out there and I guess I am lucky to have a job with insurance for my family.  I just don't think the corporate heirarchy is structured enough to be worth a company's finances to pay their salary for absolutely nothing.  On top of that, everyone seems to be sick of the mergers - even the excel monkeys.  I had a meeting and one of the top excel machine told me - "yeah, I don't even care anymore".  It's all a political game of horseshit and backscratching and I really don't want involved in it anymore.  I've applied for transfers, promotions, etc. with nothing being offered.  I even asked to be laid off while shit was hitting the fan and all that got me was screamed at.  I hate to say it - but I hope this place goes bankrupt so they can see how bad they fucked up. 

Charity and Side projects.  I STILL have not gotten to repaint the basketball court in town.  My only half free days off are on Sundays and it literally has rained every single Sunday here in Ohio this summer.  I've asked a bunch of kids and people to at least give me a hand and all I've been getting are blank stares.  I'm staring outside right now and it is pouring down rain.  I wanted to arrange a fishing tournament for the kids and that hasn't even happened.  I am working with a local guy to get a studio put together to offer art nights for the local people - but that all is transpiring in the early stages right now.  I really need that satisfaction of helping or contibuting to society, but somethings you have to work on your own first before you can help others.  Especially if the lack of interest and volunteers remains at a goose egg.

Love life.

j.