Saturday, August 27, 2005


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The view from my booth in Michigan. Joy

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Job resignation form.

I SO would have used this letter, if it weren't for the fact that I was downsized first.

Dear *Boss's name*

After an appropriate period of deliberation, I have come to the decision to tender my resignation from *Company name*, effective *enter date*.

Please know that I still maintain a high level of respect for you as a manager and colleague, and I thank you sincerely for the support and assistance you have offered me in each of those roles. I have been proud to work for *Company name* over the past *enter amount* years; it has been a journey that has provided me an unparalleled foundation to move forward to new and exciting opportunities.

As such, I have decided to become a professional pirate. It has always been a dream of mine to live the life of a swashbuckling corsair, beholden to none and master of all I survey. Once my crew of unabashed rogues is assembled, we shall take to the capacious expanse of the high seas to pursue fortune, fame, and hair-raising adventure.

Our path may not be filled with the porcine comforts and technological marvels that *company name* provides, but we shall nonetheless move forward to carve a name for ourselves in the annals of bold insurgency and death-defying derring-do. Once I have a keen blade at my hip and the Jolly Roger is flapping high above me, I believe I will find my true calling.

Please note that I am currently accepting applications for First Mate, if you are at all interested in applying. I will provide a full medical and dental plan, which will offer immediate coverage of all maladies other than scurvy and the occasional bout of rickets.


*Your Pirate Name*

Fucked Up

Not too much to report right now. Back from Pennsic and working the Michigan fair. It feels good to be home and to get stuff done around Bag End. The worst of the heat seems to be over and its like a fever has broken. I hope it stays that way. This summer was been seriously cut down by this weather, which makes my brain soft and steals my energy like kryptonite.

In the meantime, take a read of this tale over at It reminds me of some people I've passed by from time to time and makes me glad that I never got fucked around with binge drinking and drugs (or skinheads for that matter). The story isn't realy about this kids life becomming a trainwreck, but rather how it swerved back and forth drunkenly, narrowly avoiding pedestrians and oncomming cars.