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Name: Michael
Gender: Male
Hometown: Las Vegas, Na
Home country: USofA
Current location: North Port, Fl.
Member since: Mon Jul 9, 2012, 02:31 PM
Number of posts: 3,063

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Why can't I change my avatar?

Can't do it at Discussionist either?
Is something busted?

So what do you all think of Mama June's transformation?

Oh HELLS yes...

Some of you may remember that I'm an electrician in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Earlier this month I got into it with my boss about compensation. I wanted what I thought was a well deserved raise. He disagreed and wanted to wait.
Well, there's a ton of work down here so I decided to put in my two weeks notice and see what was out there. He didn't like that and told me to take my vacation pay and just go now, so I did. I took two weeks vacation and started my job search when I got back and oh, my God. Over the last twelve days I've submitted 20 or so resumes and got 14 replies back! After 14 interviews, I've gotten 5 offers of employment.

Today I finally said yes to one.
They more than doubled, DOUBLED my salary, 401k, company phone and truck! I am stoked!
I'm sitting here trying to type this while I'm bouncing off the walls. I haven't made this kind of scratch since Las Vegas was booming in the early 2000's. I was doing okay here, but now I'm actually going to be able to afford a nice house for myself (no more roommates), and maybe a boat to go with a new truck.
Maybe even find a steady girlfriend.

I hope this inspires others out there that are sick of their jobs and feel they can do better. Granted, I don't have a wife, or kids to feed; but sometimes you gotta jump into the deep end and start swimming. There are jobs out there, folks. You do not have to stay stuck somewhere that you feel you're under-appreciated. Put some feelers out. Submit some resumes.
Whaddya got to lose?

Just wanted to share some good news.

And thanks for all the rec's

The TNT series "Claws" is filming an episode at my parents hotel!

They're in their 70's and operate a little beach resort on Casey Key near Sarasota.
The studio scouted the site and start filming in two weeks.
The studio is building a tiki bar in the courtyard, putting up a fake sign, and repainting the whole place. My folks are so excited.


Crazy Cruise III... Bunch of pics

I managed to get the HDD working on my laptop and here's a batch of photos from the trip.
Heading out:


They say this stuff prevents seasickness. I don't know if that's true, but I'm not taking any chances. This was my third.

Central Park

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Notice the balconies? They overlook the Boardwalk and Central Park

My nephew and me on the carousel on the Boardwalk.

Watching the Dolphins game
Relaxing with backgammon in Central Park
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Aqua Theater just before the show

More later...

Crazy Cruise III... Back to the grind.

For me, the best thing about returning home is that it's a 20 minute cab ride from the port.
got off the ship at 9:00am. I'm already unpacked and doing laundry.
I turned on this laptop and it tells me that a hard drive failure is imminent. GREEEAAAT.
i gotta get this fixed before I can start my photo album.

Well, you all know what a great time I had. I just want to say thanks for letting me share good times with faceless friends. Hope I didn't bore anybody.

Crazy Cruise III... Sailing home.

Wow! What a night. 2017 sure came in with a bang last night on the Allure of the Seas. The crush of people on the Promenade made it hot and hard to breathe, so we went down to Casino where there wasn't any crowd... or kids. Except my nephew. We snuck him in and I let him play a hand of video poker and he won $5.00.
He made sure he got paid, too.
So we had champagne all around and went back to gambling. I lost and wrapped it up around 2:00a.m.
This is the last full day of my incredible trip. Just packing today and cashing in my chips in casino. Maybe have a go on the Flowrider again.
My room attendant, Viola brought my luggage tags and my mail and inside I found a certificate. It says:

"You have been awarded a vacation for two on board one of the most innovative and exciting cruise lines in the travel industry... This certificate entitles the below casino guest a complimentary Royal Caribbean International cruise"
And on the back side is a list of all these cruise dates I can choose from.
You know what this means, don'tcha?


Probably in the spring. But I'm bringing my buddies this time. I need a playmate outside of casino. It's no fun doing the on-shore excursions by myself. I'm the more adventurous type and like things a little challenging physically. My family not so much. Except my nephew but he's only 7 and too small for the cool stuff.
Lunch time. And time for the game. GO DOLPHINS!
More later...

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