Sunday, April 29, 2007

Being Sick

I know that this post was supposed to be about "Birthday revisited and quarterly update on new years resolutions." But I have been sick the last few weeks and in order to keep the blog about whats going on in my life currently I thought I should write about that.

First let me say i really hate being sick. I know that nobody enjoys it but I think that few people hate it as much as me. The last week i finally had to give in to the cold and take some time off. On Thursday I went home after half a day and Friday i stayed home the whole day. I have only taken 3 sick days in my whole life. I see a sick day as admitting defeat. Its saying that the cold got the best of me and I lost. Well i Lost folks!!! This cold kicked my black ass all over the place. On Friday i was coughing up Flem like nobodies business. Thankfully i had the good sense to go to the doctors and got some antibiotics. As of now i feel much better and i will be back at work on Monday. I don't feel perfect by any means but i do feel much better.

So that's, my week. Not much else to say so next week i will address my original intended content for this post.

next Week: Birthday revisited and quarterly update on new years resolutions.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mr. Anonymous

It occurred to me the other day that my blog is fairly anonymous. Looking over my posts i really haven't revealed very much of myself in my posts. In fact i don't think i have ever even said my full name (first + last). I don't like my middle names so those will never be in a post. There are no pictures of me on this blog either. Isn't the point of blogging to put myself out there to some extent. This lack of information was done intentionally. It occurred to me that maybe someday an potential employer might do a Google search on me and stumble onto my blog. Thus gaining access to all my personal business. Truthfully i started blogging because while at work at a previous job some of us in the office did a Google search on an ex-coworker and we stumbled on to his blog. Now in fairness my name is much more common than his so finding actual information on me would be very difficult. There is an actor with my exact name and spelling and any Internet search on me would certainly turn up results on him before they returned anything on me.

So where am i going with all this. Fuck if i know. I just find it very interesting. Mostly this blog is read by my friends, ex-coworkers, and a few family members that i am close to. As long as that is the case then there really would be no harm in dropping more personal information on here i guess.

On the other hand maybe there is no personal information on here because my personal life is not really that different from anybody Else's. I mean i have a job and family and a girlfriend, but who doesn't have those things. It's not like i am a member of the Illuminati or some shit.

And so a little info about me.

My name is Duane Martin
I was born and raised in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
My Elementary School was David Lewis Public School
My High School was Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate
My college was Seneca College
My university was York University
I used to work at the Bay and Flagship Software
I currently work as a Database Analyst for a company called Wunderman.

My social Insurance Number is .... NONE OF YOUR GOD DAM BUSINESS!!!!!
Some things will remain a secret. I haven't completely lost my mind.

next week... Birthday revisited and quarterly update on new years resolutions.

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Well work has been extremely busy for me lately. I have put in more overtime in the last 2 weeks than in my previous 2+ years in the workforce combined. Basically we have just had a lot of projects that have come up. Many of them have had what in retrospect were overly ambitious deadlines. I am supposed to work from 9-5. However, there have been days when i have been there as late as 9pm. Which is very ugly. It takes me about an hour to get home from work. I thank god that I am in a position to afford to drive to the subway. I shudder to think how long i would have to be waiting for a bus at that hour.

On the one hand one of the things i didn't like about working at Microsoft is that i never felt like i had enough to do. Now i have plenty of things to do and for the most part they are all very interesting. I am the lead developer and technical contact for one of the projects so it is a lot of responsibility. I am doing my best and hopefully, if I can find a way to put my stamp on this it will be a good step for my career long term.

However, lots of overtime is effecting my health. I haven't been able to get to the gym in at least 2 weeks. By the time i get home from work it is dark and i don't feel like working out. Also, i have come down with a pretty bad cold the last few days and it is not getting better as quickly as i would like. I have only taken 3 sick days in my life. And since we are nearing the completion stage of one of my projects i won't be taking one now.

Ah well, that's life i suppose.

Next week... Lots of stuff

Friday, April 6, 2007

My Birthday

So as i mentioned in my last post, Monday April 2nd was my birthday. I am now 27 yrs old. Depending on how you look at it, it might be fair to say that I am in my late 20's. Which is a strange feeling. I have such clear memories of being in my early teens. It heels like just yesterday that I was starting high school (Bethune C.I.) But the truth is that staring high school was 13 years ago. Hell, i have been finished university for 4 years at this point.

Its easy to wonder just where in the hell has all the time gone. 27 is by no means what i would call a milestone birthday. I am still a good 3 yrs away from that. But still every birthday is a time for reflection and to look back on the decisions i have made in my life. Overall i can honestly say i don't have many regrets. Off the top of my head the only one i can think of is that i wish that i had left highschool after 4 yrs and went straight to Seneca. At the time you only had to do grade 13 (OAC) if you were planning to go to university. Since i went to college before going to university i could have saved a year of my life and just went straight to college after grade 12. I mean in the grander scheme of things it is not really that big of a deal. I have a degree and a diploma now and considering that my last job did not even ask me to provide proof of either i don't think it makes a difference. I am not saying that i regret going to college/university just that it does not really matter how long it takes some one to finish as long as they finish.

Now as for what i did on my birthday. Well, i had a pretty mellow birthday this year. I went to dinner with my girlfriend and we just spent the day together. It was nice. In my college days i would have gone out drinking with the boys and ended up at some club. I don't find that nearly as appealing as i used to. Truthfully while i am not the oldest person in the clubs I am also far from the youngest at this point. And the concept of throwing up from alchol or having a hangover is not something i am remotely interested in at this point. So this was a good birthday.

Well thats it for me.
Next week... All about work.

Monday, April 2, 2007

The Return

I am glad to be back blogging again. Although it may have seemed like i was giving up the blog this post confirms, that is not the case. The reason i haven't had a post in 3 weeks is because my internet connection at home has been down for about that amount of time.
I am not sure what caused this. I had been using bell sympatico as my internet service provider. They had been my ISP for the past 4 years. Before that i was a dial up guy. Bell had always warned me that the signal strength in my area was week, but it had never stopped me from completly getting on the net before. But 3 weeks ago, it just stopped working altogether. Since i had to file my taxes i pretty buch had no choice but to change my ISP. I am now with rogers.

Alot has happened in the last few weeks and i don't have time to address it all now. So i will have three posts this week (inlcuding this one). I will put out another post in the middle of the week and one more on friday.

Wednesday - My Birthday (actually my birthday is today but i will write about it on Wednesday)
Friday - Lots of stuff