No Mas

I am so tired this morning. We had a very busy weekend and all I want right now is have some down time.

Saturday, we met up with a friend of mine who I used to work with. She’s had an exceptionally hard time lately so it was plans I didn’t want to cancel despite feeling tired and her being an hour late getting to the restaurant we decided to meet at. We ended up closing the bar with our favorite bartender (in Decatur), Wendy. As we were walking to the car we passed this late night restaurant/bar named Victory and my friend said, What’s that? Let’s go there!

Both Charlie and I were like, No, maybe next time, we’re beat.

It would be one thing if my friend drove herself home from Decatur but she comes in to town via the train and we have to drive her back to the train station so she can drive home. She doesn’t like to drive why it’s like this. So, long story short – it was good to see her but next time it needs to be at around 5:00.

The next day, we had tickets to Dawes at the Tabernacle with Emil. They were good but I really doubt I’d see them again. I love seeing shows at that venue, though. Before the concert we went down to this restaurant on the west side of town called No Mas (which, means “no more” in English – look at the writing on the wall, Lanie!). We met Emil’s friend Erin down there for dinner and she was originally going to go with us to the concert. When Charlie and I were at that restaurant before we had a really great time and the food was ok. One of the great things about the place is that they have this really great store that they sell goods from Mexico and we like to go in there. Well, had we realized that we’d get slung up in a bunch of Falcons/surly Saints traffic we surely would have decided to go somewhere else. Plus, once there it was packed to the gills with drunk football fans. There were two couples at the table next to us and one of the women of the couples just started going off on her boyfriend? Husband? (God, I hope not for his sake) guy friend? It was so bad at one point we were looking around for a manager. People seemed to ignore it except for us. We were all kinds of stressed. All I could think about was the time I went out with this Bi-polar woman who did that same kind of stuff. We’d be at a restaurant with all her friends and she’d start screaming at me across the table in front of everyone.

I got up and went to exchange a very bad margarita for a Mexican beer and use the restroom and by the time I got back the woman had thankfully stopped shouting aggressively at her man and was even snugged up to him holding his arm.

Yep, that’s Bi-polar – one minute you’re a piece of shit and the next it’s all puppies and flowers and love you’s. In place of aggressive shouting was the shouting over the crowd and noise – so either way she kept shouting. As we left and passed by their booth and if I still had my drink I thought about accidentally on purpose tripping and spilling my beer on her head but knew it would an even bigger fight after that.

I was so glad to get out of there. Erin excused herself and said she wasn’t feeling well and caught an Uber home and Charlie, me and Emil went on to the concert from there. The concert was even quieter than that restaurant it seemed. It was a very mixed crowd there, too. There were people our parent’s age mouthing all the lyrics of the songs like they knew them all. I had to look up how long this band had been around and they didn’t really look that old.

The next day, I was pretty fried from being out late all weekend. I skipped my Linux class – honestly, I don’t think I could have done it if a gun were pointed to my head. But, I can skip once in a while just not always. This guy loves to throw a pop quiz on us from time to time just to keep everyone showing up because honestly, the class is so boring.  This week we’re just laying low and having some friends over for dinner on Friday. That will hopefully not be a late night because I have class the next day.

So, between work and school my butt is kicked this semester and we have all kinds of people coming to our music party next month so I’d better rest up because it’s going to get even crazier.




dull bird

I must apologize for being away for so long. School and work has been kicking my ass these days as you can probably understand. So, this post is a conglomerate of days and what I have been up to.


I’m at a cyber security conference today and (maybe) tomorrow. Mostly, what I am trying to glean from it is networking opportunities. And, I was over work this week and thought I could use a few days off to do something different pertaining to school.

I’ve been here since 9 this morning and have volunteered a little with my student information security club and have made a few decent contacts. Since I got in for free for being a student it’s been well worth it.  I was beat by the end of the day, though. I didn’t even hang around for the recruiter happy hour. I figured a large portion of the people who were there were already working in the field and my time would be better spend at that point getting on the train and going home to have my own happy hour with my wife.

It turned out to be a good choice as by the time I got back to my side of town I was feeling a bit rundown. I think the allergy season is kicking in again and I am SO OVER this 90 degree weather that’s stretched out for a number of months here. Football is (thankfully) back on and I’m desperately waiting for cooler weather to get here so we can have bon fires in the back yard and Charlie can rent her log splitting machine.


While I took the day off from work to go to the conference I just couldn’t muster it. I wanted a day off to do whatever I wanted to do. A large portion was spent transferring my wife’s 300 something photos from her phone, FB and What’s App into a Google cloud. I’m buying her a digital camera with a HUGE SD card for her next trip – just saying. What a wonderful thing these clouds are. I think that will be a future certification that I need to get.


College football most of the day with homework and studying in between. Not only am I studying class stuff but also for my Network + certification. I’ve decided that no one is going to even look at me unless I get a few certs under my belt and I’m bound and determined I’m going to be certified in this before Christmas. Even if I get a C in Linux.


I went to school early to study before class. I ran into two classmates in the lab – one is in my Linux class that night. Can I just say that I cannot stand the prof for this class. He explains nothing. He just gets into his virtual box and starts typing dos commands. He also nags us about turning in our homework on time. Hello. This is adult learning the last time I checked. Last week we had our first test that was open book. I know, open book should be easy but you only get so long to do a 50 question test and you have to have most of the questions committed to memory or else you won’t finish it on time. So, I blew through it in 20 minutes because I’d studied my ass off for it. Originally, I was planning on bouncing after the test but the prof told us that he would give us an hour to do the test and then at 7:05 we’ll start lecture. So, you did the math – I’m sitting there for 40 minutes twiddling my thumbs waiting for the end of the test. Actually, I opened up my Cisco and did a lab while I waited.

This whole class has been so f*cked up. The prof doesn’t tell us when he makes the chapter review tests available nor the labs. We just have to eck out time in each of our days to constantly go to the website and check. Tonight he just loaded the next chapter lab. I’m one of these people who like to work ahead – actually, I need to work ahead in order to make sure I stay caught up with all of the workload. I just realized tonight from a classmate that the labs don’t necessarily need to be linked in order to do them. So, I’m mf-ing doing about 3 in a row this weekend. Along with studying for my Net+.

So, yeah – this is my life. Honestly, I’m not a fan of Linux. I don’t see myself as being a coder. I’ll probably never be hacker/coder like Lizbeth Salandar.

But, give me a switch and some wire and I could probably figure out how to set up a simple network, hence, why I like Cisco so much better. I can get with that. In fact, I’m loving my Cisco class and my other security class but at the end of the day I do need to learn some code. I will probably end up teaching myself. I see Linux for dummies in my future. Or maybe I will take a Python class. I started teaching myself a little python and it’s really not bad.

Tonight, we walked in to class and he hit us with a pop quiz. This guy is really not winning any popularity contests these days. I tried to switch profs at the first of the semester but it was too late – I was stuck with the guy. SIGH. At least I made a friend in class instead of only knowing that wack-a-doodle girl in there.

So, this is my dull bird school life. I really hope all this pays off someday. I’m already looking forward to Thanksgiving break. -Sigh-