Saturday, April 29, 2006

Yesterday, I received some stock from my Company

     Hello faithful readers... Yesterday I received an envelope in the mail with the details of the Grant of Stock Options from my Company.  They gave me a bunch of shares with 25% coming to me every year for 4 years.  These are called Restricted Stocks because I can't sell them or transfer them untill they vest.  But on the upside, I don't have to pay for them, they just become mine over time.  So now I get to obsess over some new stock prices...LOL!  I used to have a ton of stock with KB Toys but I had to sell it all off when I was unemployed.  So it's rebuilding time, socking away a little bit for my nest egg...Tweep Tweep...

 

David on a rainy Saturday morning, I think I'll go to the Zoo...

 

 

Friday, April 28, 2006

The original Pledge of Allegiance

 

"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands: one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

                            

 

                :)

 

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I love Cowboy Mouth

GLAD TO BE ALIVE (by Cowboy Mouth)

Anybody can be sad, you can't see the good when it goes bad / Then you end up blue and through but that's alright / Got my share of people who love me / Got my share of problems that bug me / Every now and then it's hard but that's alright / How many times have we been here before? / (Chorus) When you're walking down the street / Feel the rhythm in your feet / Of a life that's rushing by / Are you glad to be alive? / Nothing ever goes as planned / Get your head out of your hands / Scream and shout like you were five / Are you glad to be alive? / Sometimes you gotta sneak in the back door / You can't always get what you ask for / But what you need you got inside / And that's alright / How many times have you been here before? / So pick your sorry ass up off the floor / (Chorus) / So that's my story / 'tis sad but true / For those who know me / What else are we to do? / (Chorus)

 

Music can change your life...

 

 

(HA!  I will NEVER give up)

The first sign of Spring!

    THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY i WAS DRIVING ON MY WAY TO WORK AND i STOPPED AT AT LIGHT AND NOTICED SOMETHING SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION.  MY PAST EXPERIENCE TELLS ME IT'S A TURTLE.  i CAN'T TELL IF IT'S ALIVE OR NOT SO i WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE.  WHEN IT TURNS GREEN i SLOWLY EDGE OUT INTO THE INTERSECTION TO SEE FOR SURE.  YEP IT'S ALIVE AND STUCK IN A VERY PRECARIOUS POSITION.  i TURN OFF MY CAR AND HOP OUT TO SNATCH IT UP.  THE LADY BEHIND ME LAYS ON THE HORN AND i HOLD UP ONE FINGER TO SAY TO HER, "HOLD ON FOR ONE SEC PLEASE".  WHEN i CLEAR THE FRONT OF MY CAR i NOTICE ANOTHER GUY HAS STOPPED ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY AND AS i SCOOP UP THE TURTLE HE YELLS "COOL" AT ME.  i RETURN TO MY VEHICLE AND HOLD UP MY PRIZE TO THE LADY BEHIND ME TO SHOW HER WHY i STOPPED.  SHE SMILES AT ME AND NODS HER HEAD.  i DEPOSIT MY NEW FRIEND IN THE FLOORBOARD OF THE PASSENGER SIDE OF MY CAR AND START UP THE ENGINE.  i ALMOST MISS THE GREEN LIGHT.  MY NEW FOUND BUDDY IS TRYING TO CLIMB THE CARPET AND DISAPPEAR BEHIND MY DASHBOARD.  i TAP THE TURTLE ON THE TOP OF IT'S SHELL WITH MY ICE SCRAPER IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET IT TO STOP IT'S VANISHING ACT.  i ALMOST GET INTO SEVERAL ACCIDENTS TRYING TO WRANGLE 'MY LITTLE HERD OF ONE' SO i PICK IT UP TO KEEP IT OUT OF TROUBLE.  IT IS AN ORNATE BOX TURTLE AND HAS THE MOST ORANGE ON IT THAT i HAVE EVER SEEN.  REALLY BEAUTIFULL AND OLD.  THE EYE COLOR OF BOX TURTLES TELLS YOU WHAT SEX THEY ARE, THIS ONE HAS THE BIGGEST ORANGE EYES BUT i CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT SEX THAT MEANS.  SO I'M DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD WITH MY LEFT HAND, SETTING DOWN THE TURTLE WHEN i NEED TO SHIFT AND TRYING NOT TO GET INTO A WRECK.  LOL, i MUST BE A SIGHT, GRINNING FROM EAR TO EAR HOLDING A ORNATE BOX TURTLE IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC...  i ARRIVE AT MY STORE AND HAUL MY CATCH INTO THE STORE WITH ME.  NO ONE COMMENTS THAT THEIR BOSS IS CARRYING A TURTLE THRU THE STORE, i GUESS THEY EXPECT THAT KIND OF STUFF FROM ME.  ::SHRUGS::  i SHOW IT TO SEVERAL OF MY ANIMAL LOVING CO-WORKERS AND THEN HEAD TO THE RECEIVING ROOM.  i POP OUT THE BACK DOORS AND TAKE MY BUDDY OVER TO THE WOODS AND DEPOSIT IT IN THE WEEDS NEXT TO THE CREEK.  i WATCH IT FOR A BIT AND THEN HEAD BACK TO THE RECEIVING ROOM BECAUSE THE CAFE TRASH NEEDS EMPTYING.  IT ONLY TAKES ABOUT 5 MINUTES AND THEN i HEAD BACK TO THE WOODS TO LOOK AT THE TURTLE AGAIN BUT IT HAS VANISHED.  GONE.  i HOPE IT STAYS OUT OF THE ROADS FROM NOW ON...

 

 

St. David the Patron Saint of Lost Turtles...

 

 

Monday, April 10, 2006

I had an annoying guy putting comments on my journal today

While I was in BA, some random guy started putting these rude hateful comments on my journal.  Idiot didn't realize that I have an Alert set up so that I know when someone posts a comment.  I erased the "Hate Speech" as soon as he typed it.  He couldn't figure out how I knew...::shakes head at stupidity::  I also put my responses to his posting on my journal.  I control the content in here ::shrugs:: he needs to get some common sense and learn how to function in a polite society...

 

DAVID AUSTIN SMITH

04/10/06 AT 11:28PM

 

I like to dance because I'm good at it...

MUSIC SPEAKS TO ME

a guitar riff greets me

the bass drum demands my attention

the bass mummers in the background

a piano holds the conservation

and keeps it on track

music speaks to me

it's a language that I know

my body responds

and moves of it's own accord

keeping the beat

keeping the conversation going

closing my eyes

nodding my head

tapping out the beat

against my leg

my feet move

they have somewhere to go it seems

tap tap slide

time to move

time to dance

time to be

 

 

DAS 04/10/06

 

(I bought the soundtrack to The Sopranos today, can you tell?)

 

 

lol...

 

Sunday, April 9, 2006

I have to decide to move past this

I went out to eat seafood for lunch today.  I ate at Red Lobster down in Chesterfield Valley.  I found myself in PetsMart looking at Vivariums.  I am thinking about doing a Madagascar tank with Tomato Frogs, a 'Phantasticus' Gecko, a Hissing Cockroach, and one of the Day Geckos.  I would put in a mammal from the island but he might attack the other animals.  I would also like a bird but he would poop all over everything and one of the herps might eat him.  I then wandered into World Market.  In my head I was going to look at things to decorate my new bedroom with, I also checked out hammock prices.  But I knew I was kidding myself when I ended up standing in their "Easter" dept.  I went to World Market to buy stuff for their Easter Baskets when I still lived with my wife.  I don't know if I will ever get married again, the odds are against it.  I am not the "giving up" kind of guy, but I'm not stupid.  I just feel foolish saying "Never Never Never Quit" when in reality I have about a 10% chance of ever getting married again.  I have an even lower chance to ever fool around.  Some CATCH 22  huh?  So I have to find a way to live with this.  It sneaks up on me sometimes, I go a whole day without thinking about it at times.  It gets better... A Conservative Liberal (soon to be Divorced, if I ever get off my butt and do something about it) Atheist with a Type A personality, too much debt, who wants to have a family but is attracted to women his own age (the majority of which already have kids and don't want anymore or can't have kids due to their age), that lives with his College Buddy AND is a major nerd.  Some catch huh?  If it was anyone else but me it'd be funny and I'd be laughing. 

Laugh Cuckooborough Laugh Cuckoobourgh, how gay your life must be...

 

 

 

 

::dances the dance of fools::

(capering and everything)

::knocks off my own hat::

 

 

 

 

 

David on Sunday Night (whoops I forgot to go to Church)

 

 

 

 

QUESTION:  What is the sound of self pity?

ANSWER: (see Above)

 

 

 

::picks up my Jester's Hat, dusts it off, and laughs when the bells jingle::

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 7, 2006

The King of Fools

THE KING OF FOOLS

 

i sit here waiting

for courage to remember

the hurt is fading

nothing left to hinder

the truth must be spoken

the pain isn't as close

as it once was for me

the consequences are gross

in a vain attempt

to write it all down

the King of Fools

adjusts his Crown

he takes out his pen

draws it across the page

leaving a visual clue

of all the pain and the rage

the death of a dream

leaves him empty and lost

The King of Fools

always counts the cost

because dreams die easy

and dreams die quiet

one ugly hearted woman

started that riot

the King of Fools

was an easy target

he stood there smiling

called onto the carpet

for things he did

and things she imagined

for things she wanted

money was all that mattered

she gave him a burden

that he has to bear

the King of Fools

pretends he hasn't a care

he smiles away

the pain and loss

his dream is gone

he counts the cost

everyone sees the King

in his harlequin glory

not noticing his pain

not knowing his story

that's ok with me

i am that King

the King of Fools

remembers everything...

 

 

DAS 4/6/6

Thursday, April 6, 2006

hmmmmmmmmmm

LAME

 

it's early in the morning

and I'm not in bed

I woke up early

had these thoughts in my head

they drove me upright

I'm staring at my screen

can't get to sleep

if you know what I mean

so I type these rhymes

in a vain attempt

to ease my mind

about the life I've spent

the things I've done

and the things I haven't

the dreams I'll achieve

and the thoughts I'll patent

So I'm looking for a way

to end this poem

with some stupid cliche

or a forced rhyme like home

 

 

(any complaints please direct to the Rhyming Board Local 3594)

 

 

i'm still david...