- 11:45 PM, Sunday,
October 30th, 2005:
- Damn that's a good
title. It will only make sense after you've read the
whole entry. Skimmers BEGONE!
- So I had it all
planned. You jump back in with two feet - make a
truckload of money, ride off into New York as people
read entry #500 swearing off LA for good. I think
I even mentioned how boring the end of the year
was gonna be career-wise and how I was just gonna
concentrate on work as I needed to fund the
I started said job and proceeded to throw
40 hours of my life directly out of the window. LOL.
The biggest reason I even took this job over the
previous one was a 5 minute commute or 65 minute
commute. I completely underestimated just how
much bumper-to-bumper traffic can screw with your head
after a couple of months. If it was a normal hour
drive... you could relax, listen to music/radio - much
like it was at my first gig last year... but bumper to
bumper for 10 miles literally gnaws at your brain. So
a commute that was blocks from my house had to at
least be given a shot.
- Being videotaped
at work is strange. LOL. Let's just get right to it.
Cameras everywhere feeding into the boss's office.
I knew this at the interveiw - but
I figured "I'll be here all day anyway, and
I'm not doing anything wrong so..." but as the days
rolled on it showed a level of insanity that should've
concerned me but literally made me giggle.
- He noticed
I was reading one of the leads in the "leads
box". "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?!"
?? I apologized and said I didn't realize
this was private (it wasn't) and I just stood ther
edrinking coffee. Then he noticed I had my camera
in my bag and he looked at me like I was a
fuckin' spy. "What's the camera FOR?!?!" Oh, I'm
videotaping your operation for a show called "How not
to run a company" you got me. LOL.
I explained that I just had it in my bag -
but promptly took it to my car as to not freak him
out. Then, he sees me speaking to another loan
officer. "Don't talk to any of the other employees, if
you have any questions ask me". So I quickly
learned to just stay in my office, by myself, all day
and not interract. Fun.
- Even worse
however, there's nothing to do the first week. You
have no pipeline (a list of loans you're working on)
and we only got like 1-2 leads a day. If you had to
call someone back at 6 PM and it was 11 AM? You
literally sat ther for 7 hours surfin' the web.
Whoopee. Then the boss ran in and saw I was
looking at an Xbox site and he said: "Is this
your OTHER career?" The person who referred me
for the job mentioned 4tvs. I said: "No, just
reading about a videogame". He went into a rant (this
is on day 2 mind you) on how he didn't think I was
committed to the job. So I printed up my phone
log (which showed how anal I was) and I showed all the
spreadsheets I had made my first day. I was
committed, I just had no calls to make. I asked him if
there was ANYTHING he needed me to do, and I'd do
- ...he liked the
spreadsheets so he left me alone. (sigh). The guy was
frightening. Then of course, I get a loan. Like
my 3rd call - great guy - we hit it off and I go
to do the normal things, pull credit and realize
there's no proceedure. I go to talk to a
processor and they don't even know how to run credit.
?!?! I then spoke (gasp) to another LO and she
didn't know how to do it either. Wow. You can't
imagine how fundamental pulling credit is to this gig.
So I left for lunch, and a week later I'm still
on that lunchbreak.
- I actually
went right to an interview with another company, still
unsure about it, and it ran kinda long.
I realized I was late for coming back and
I didn't get a call from anyone at the nazi
camp...excuse me, at work. So I thought I'd just
see how long it took until they realized I wasn't
there... and well - they never did. I felt like
Milton from Office Space. Just kind of stuck in the
basement and no one knows I exist. LOL. So creepy, so
glad I'm not there.
- Of course I'm not
anywhere right now and the options all have a twinge
of SLIME on them. The days of just helping people
with a lower rate are somewhat gone and you're left
with cold-calling (which is slimey no matter how
honest you are) and helping people in horrible
situations, yet charging them fees they really can't
afford. It's rare to fins a situation that doesn't eat
away at your soul and I'm just not going to get into a
situation I don't feel good about. I'm making it sound
worse than it is, but there are thousands of mortgage
places out here and 1/1000 are worth a
- Long story short,
I'm unemployed - leaving me more time to do
- ...bombard a
popular website with my videos. I'm sure we all have
visited these sites, to me they've replaced sitcoms
for my generation. I haven't seen a sitcom in
years yet always know the latest goofy videos floating
on the net. I was looking at the "views" for
some of these movies and saw the top ones were viewed,
ready for this? 60,000 times. In like two months. ?!?!
JESUS that's a lot.
- Well unlike most
sites where you have to submit your video for
approval, on spikedhumor.com
you can submit your own videos and pictures with
NO approval and have everyone vote on them in the
"public uploads" section. If in the first 100 votes
you get above a 3.2 out of 5, they will put it on the
front page. So I uploaded a bunch, had everyone
on my buddy list vote a bunch (only about 10 people
really) and 4 of my 5 hit the front page, and as you
can see at the top part of the site, 3 were top rated
and still are right now!
- Pretty awesome
system actually, and what a great outlet for my
material. This is a great grass-roots way to get my
stuff seen and heard and along with "Justice Through
Music", this has been one helluva good week for
exposure. I'm starting to get that motivation again to
push and push and push. A motivation that honestly has
not been in my mind since 2003. I think it's
because I see things actually progressing and
I see how things can start to develop from this.
Jus tlike the last entry I'm sitting back and
going: "Hmm, this really seems to have legs" -
and although I'm not jumping up and down, I'm scheming
again. My mind is starting to connect things and I'm
very interested in how this is going to work
- In the meantime
however, please vote 5s on anything you see has to do
with me. The ones I have up right now on the front
- These three didn't
make the front, but are actually really highly ranked
- The difference in
viewership between the ones that make the front and
the ones that are just archived is outrageous.
Seacrest has 3500 views and the archived ones ahave
around 100. So it's a pretty big deal to get on the
front page. I'll be curious to see how this works
- "So that covers
Spiked and quit in your title. What's up with your
- Well you can only
hear (and write yourself) "Cut your hair hippy" so
many times until you just go ahead and do
- ...but most people
probably wouldn't do it themselves. LOL. I'm sure you
know by now I'm not most people.