09 July 2015

Bringing The Five-Year-Plan Forward..

Wow, even Obi-wan knows NJ sucks!

At some point in your life (hopefully, sooner than later), you should start putting together a Five-Year-Plan. Now, it doesn't need to be some drawn-out, "Oooh, look at what I want to do.." kind of affair. No, it should just should be an idea of where you see yourself in the next five years, or less. Things like "Do I want to stay in the state/town/etc. that I am living now?" or "Do I want a girl/boyfriend, and if so, am I looking for marriage potential?". Things like that.

I had a Five-Year-Plan of sorts prior to meeting my wife Tam-Tam (btw, that is not her real name, not exactly. But, for confidentiality, as well as her not kicking my ass, I call her that when I am speaking about her. Moving on..). But, it was a crappy FYP, and it eventually became forgotten about, which was for the best anyway.

Now, the present..

I started my FYP 2.0 about a year ago, giving it more thought after the New Year/ The most important bullet point on the revised list was getting my family (wife, our 2 "fur kids" and me) out of the festering, toxic-laced armpit of shallowness, insincerity, and no hope for anyone other than Governor Fat Ass (a.k.a Gov. Chris Christie) that is New Jersey. Now, that sounds like a heck of a challenging notion, right? I mean, where in the U.S. do you move that offers affordability, work, and less crime and corruption than NJ?

Until last week, I didn't really know much about moving, deciding where to go, etc. My wife was much better at that sort of thing than I thought myself to be. Long story short, we went down to North Carolina a couple weeks ago to check out some properties she found in Greensboro and around that area. The areas looked better in the pictures we saw! Two of them looked more like Mount Holly, NJ! Not good at all! Lesson learned!

I decided to help out when we came back, as time was starting to get shorter and shorter (our current lease in NJ is up end of August). Research was helpful, as she and I stumbled upon a list of the Safest Cities to Live in NC. With that list, we were able to narrow our search down, basing it on which office she'd working off upon her transferring down.

And, through it all, what really helped (besides she and I supporting each other during this stressful time) was prayer and never losing faith in God. I asked Him for signs, and sure enough, he gave me plenty of signs: via dreams, conversations overheard, magazines read. And then, this afternoon, He topped his signs, as I applied online at a NC-based supermarket chain, and then not more than 15-20 minutes later, I received a phone call in regard to my application/resume! Remarkable! So sad that in this Age, there are still people who refuse to believe that God is real and He can do ANYTHING!

So, yeah, it's getting down to the wire now. Seven weeks left, and then it is "Bye-bye, New Jersey - Helloooooo, North Carolina!" And, trust me, neither Tam-Tam, nor the dogs and I, none of us will ever look back..

01 May 2015

Avengers Assembled! But, Was It Worth It?

Okay, tomorrow is FCBD (that's "Free Comic Book Day" for those of you reading who are just not all that nerdy) 2015! AND, today was the U.S. release date for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', the sequel to 2012's 'The Avengers'. Tam-Tam and I went this evening, so it seems a fine time for a spoiler-free review! YAY!

First off, let me just warn you, you are in for another looong film! At the end of it all, it kinda felt more like "Man, that was a loooong film" instead of a "Wow, I can't believe the film is over already! Didn't feel that long!".