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May. 28th, 2008 | 11:02 am

I suppose this update is both for myself ,as well as for anyone who might still be reading this thing. A lot has happened in my life since my last journal entry and I really need to take a step back to put things into perspective.

Well, let me first start out by saying that I no longer work for Starbucks Coffee Company. After 6 years, 11 months and 15 days.. My time with them has come to an end. I applied for a position at Boeing in early February. I was then contacted in April that they wanted to hire me for the position which I had previously interviewed. The job paid double what I was making at Starbucks Corporate and had incredible potential to open many doors for me in the future. I decided to make the move

I am now roughly 2 weeks into my new job at Boeing, and thus far, I remain unimpressed. I am a project manager on the new 787 Dreamliner project. The production is quite far behind schedule and everyone around here is very stressed working long hours. Some of my co-workers have worked the past 30-40 days in a row. As a result of this crazy crunch time, there is no one here to train me in my new role (They are too busy doing their own work). I have been here for 2 weeks and done nothing thus far. Now some of you might think, "Sounds like a good gig to me!", however, this is not really the case. Soon I will be expected to be preforming tasks very similar to the rest of my integrated scheduling team, yet I have had no training. They use a very complicated Excel type program to manage thousands of tasks regarding airframe manufacturing for engineering groups. It is a very detailed, complicated progress and its frustrating that they expect me to be able to teach myself such a complex program. All my co-workers have at least a BA in project management and therefore had been exposed to such programs and schedules throughout their higher education pursuit. The kicker is that the two guys who interviewed/ hired me aren't even a part of our team. This means my management has no real understanding of my background and makes gross assumptions about my capabilities. My stomach hurts everyday I go to work.

Man, that sounds like a downer huh? Well.. I had to get that off my chest because it has been plaguing my mind non-stop for the past few weeks. On a positive note, everything between Aya and I is great. I love her more than anything in the world. We've been living together for the past 5 months and thus far, things are going perfectly! I am trying not to think about her leaving next January. I don't know what I will do with out her. Despite having to be apart from one another, we have promised to make it work no matter what. I am committed to do whatever it takes. Well I gotta go to a meeting so I better run. Hope everyone is well. Until later...

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Feb. 29th, 2008 | 07:12 am

 Well, here I sit in my little cubicle on the 6th floor of the Starbucks corporate builiding.
I have been working here for a week and despite the horrible commute, I am really happy.
The job is pretty busy, but it really makes the time fly. Not to mention it is nice to sit all day :p.
This building is pretty amazing... There are 6 espresso machines on every floor so at anytime you 
can power yourself up with any beverage (for free of course) that you could order at any starbucks.
My team is filled with a buncha cool people, I feel like I fit in here. Oh yeah, and having a set schedule
with weekends off is ill.I guess after this entry level job, the skys the limit.

Its funny to see how different the two spheres of white collar and blue collar truly are. A lot of the
people who work here really don't realize how lucky they truly are. I suppose my past 6 years in retail have helped
me put things in perspective. I definitely don't take this for granted. 

Anyway, just thought I would update this bad boy for anyone who is still reading/ interested. Hope you all are well.

P.S. Sean, I miss you man.

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Jan. 29th, 2008 | 04:24 pm

Woot!! all my hard work might just be paying off.
Had an interview last week for a job at Starbucks Corporate. I didn't have a suit, so Aya and I
had to hit the mall and find something nice n' flashy. Ended up dropping $300 bucks to
look like a pimp. Oh well, as Alex would say, "sunk cost."  The day I had my interview I had to work
from 4am-12:30pm. The interview was at 1pm... Thank god for Espresso.

The interview process was intense, but I felt confident. I sat down with two people in a secluded office for
1 hr and they asked me an endless stream of protocol /questions. I fed them what they wanted to hear and did my
best to look/ sound professional. Then after they were done, their bosses came in and interviewed me for
another hour. Turns out, their bosses were wayyyyyy more chill and laid back individuals than their underlings. It was nice because
I didn't have to act fake during the second interview segment. The head lady even commented on how professional
I looked in my suit.. (Yeah baby, money well spent).

Just yesterday I got a call from the head recruiter who informed me that I got the job! I have to stay at my current
store for the next 3 weeks to help cover, but I will be starting my new job on Feb. 21st. It is an entry level position,
and hopefully the sky is the limit. Its nice because it has a set schedule from 7:30am-4pm M-F. Oh yeah, it pays
better :p

I have an interview with Boeing this Friday for a Manufacturing Project Manger position (Not sure really what that means).
So we will see how that one goes. It is just reassuring that 6+ years spent in the trenches of Starbucks coffee hell are finally
paying off.

Until later..

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Jan. 10th, 2008 | 08:12 pm

Lots been going on over the past month or so. I am in my new apartment.
I got a letter today from the JET program stating that they received my application
and that I will be hearing back soon about the possibility of an interview.

I hate my new job and desperately want out.

More on everything later. I just don't have the time or energy right now.

Don't get me wrong though, things are going pretty well despite my work situation.

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A video a friend took of me graduating.

Dec. 16th, 2007 | 09:09 pm

A friend's family member took a video of me, Aya, and him receiving our diplomas.
Apparently they were seated in the same area as my ecstatic roommate..
Kinda nice to have the actual recording of the event.

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It is and done.

Dec. 14th, 2007 | 09:59 am

Just 10 minutes ago I finished my last final in my career as an ungraduate student.

I am now officially a college graduate. I think it is gonna take awhile for the reality to set in
that at least for now, my pursuit of higher learning in the collegiate setting has come to a
close. I am proud of myself for finishing strong this quarter despite all the hardships and setbacks
I experienced over the past few months. I stuck it out and I made it. 

Though my future is pretty much up in the air for the time being, I am confident that I will make something of myself. I have too much drive and potential to fallshort of what I want to become. In retrospect to experiencesI have had in college, I regret nothing. I have had such a great time at Western building relationships and meeting new people both at work and in school. I will really miss living with Sean K. I love that kid to death, we have had some amazing times together. It still feels like just last week when Sean, Alex, and I sat on an uncomforatble couch in moment of awkward silence upon or initally meeting. Amazing how MJ can relax situations and iron out the creases :D

Its been a fun ride over the past few years. I am anxiously anticipating my next stage of life and ready to hit the ground running.

Until later... -ScaT


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So sad, such as waste..

Dec. 3rd, 2007 | 11:32 am

I can't help but try to fight the tears. Life is both so beautiful and brutal.

I feel so helpless. I am in complete disbelief at what has happened.

I am so sorry for your family and Ariel.

Rest in peace Mike, I will never forget all the times we shared.

Love you.

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Oct. 9th, 2007 | 11:37 am

Wowza.. been awhile since I have been around here.  Guess I have been far to busy as of late to update this thing.
Well, things are going pretty swiftly this fall quarter at Western. Its already week three of my final quarter! Of course,
I have zero affect for learning right now, but I just gotta grind my teeth and get through it all. I am taking a ancient Japanese
history class this quarter, as well as a visual rhetoric class.  Both seem to be pretty interesting thus far, despite having big
work loads.  But hey, since I'm only taking 9 credits, I can't complain too much! :p

Things between Aya and I are going alright.  The future is kinda unknown once December rolls around.  She wants to stay
and work in the US. I want to go to Japan to teach English.. I am applying to the JET program over the course of the next
month or so, guess I will just have to see how far that train travels. 

As for video game collecting,  thanks to my roommate Sean, I discovered an online forum at nintendo age
that designed for people who are amassing NES collections. Lately a lot of people have been suggesting that I expand my
genre of collecting into the realms of SNES etc.. But I just don't have the time or the resources to do that.  Also, NES is my
true passion and therefore is what I am seeking the most.  I have been doing a few deals via craigslist, but most of my buying
is still done thru eBay. Fuckin'.. eBay.. Nowadays eveyrone and their brother is collecting NES stuff so the prices are sickeningly high.
Guess i'll just have to ride it out till things calm down again :)

Well, now I am rambling... Anyway, I need to get outta this computer lab and get to class, just thought I would update this.  And yes,
I am very nervous/excited for what my future will bring come post graduation.  Until later...

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More action than a mongolian kuriltai

Sep. 14th, 2007 | 11:54 pm

Short summary of Taylor's summer:

1. Having a great time with Aya this summer.

2. Working downtown has been interesting and fun, though stressful at times.

3. Made some new contacts.

4. Still trying to find a post-college job. Lots of form letters being sent my way.

5. Anticipating my JET application.

6. Added great additions to the NES collection.

7. Loving the new HDTV during football season.

8. Been doing well with poker. Can't wait to crush in Bellingham.

9. Greatly miss Sean, Justin, and Big Lex.

10. Looking forward to my last quarter at Western. (Both good and bad).

11. Made some honest self-realizations.

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Aug. 30th, 2007 | 07:04 pm

A nice addition to my ever growing obsession :

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