Sunday, August 29, 2010
July 15, 2010
Since last Sunday, I've been working a new job. I am one of three guys who works for a company that is contracted with an Australian company (yeah, Australia outsources, too). I make business to business calls to Australia five days a week. I spend hours conversing with Australian secretaries, general managers, IT managers, business owners, etc. and am learning a lot about
small to medium size businesses in Australia.
In addition to what I'm learning, I just love how friendly and polite most Aussies I've spoken to have been to me. They have been pleasant people. I also completely love their accents and idioms. I love my new job!
No worries, Mate!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
July 21, 2010
Today I learned that my best friend Tony turned down an incredible offer to join a famous Arizona band making a comeback after the tragic untimely death of their singer in the 90's.
Tony's reasons...PRIORITIES! Unwilling to risk loosing his family or falling back into a scene that led to his imprisonment, Tony declined their offer. Stardom, and money mean nothing without family and sanity!
Wise beyond his years and immeasurably talented, Tony has made it through the darkness, is walking in the light and continues to grow and succeed.
Tony, I miss you, am proud of you and can only say "Hey Jealousy"!
Friday, August 06, 2010
In recent developments regarding the state of Arizona's and ADOC's budget crisis, I've heard through the Correctional Officers that the Lewis complex nurses have been striking as ADOC is handing out furloughs to them. This is shifting medical care costs when units here are being forced to call 911 for emergency responders to respond when ADOC nursing staff refuse.
I've further heard that ADOC security staff, programs staff and administrative staff are also being forced to take similar unpaid furloughs, as well as are expecting IOU's soon on payday. It's no wonder ADOC is losing staff...they're quitting for jobs that pay.
Apparently, our state continues to flounder and sink deeper into the quagmire known as a budget deficit, which has no real fix being seriously considered. Case in point: ADOC is releasing vital staff instead of non-violent, able-bodied prisoners who pose little to no risk to the public.
It's time to change Arizona's archaic sentencing guidelines, which are not an effective deterrent, are detrimental to the state's budget and simply cause the warehousing of human beings.