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Job Change

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Well just an update that I have changed jobs. I have left Plant Engineering due to lack of available work and have taken a position with Ikaria Corporation. They make a gas mixtures that helps premature infants to breathe easier.

 Someone at work during my exit interview asked me to give them a shout out on my blog so here it is. HI TYLER RAINES.

I didn’t win

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Well, I am still gainfully employed in Louisiana as I didn’t win the contest. Thank you to everyone who voted for me and for the other 6,999,999,968 who didn’t I know where you live. Watch your back.

 On a lighter note, I am going to Las Vegas next month on April 24. I plan to visit Death Valley, Grand Canyon, and other places in the area. While this is going on, if some money should accidently fall into a slot machine or on a black jack table, well accidents happen. I am bringing my tent and my backpack just in case all of my money accidently falls on a blackjack table or I see a nice spot in a national park to spend the night. For those of you who remember back in the day, when my blog used to actually be interesting and about travel, I plan to bring the laptop and do some good old fashion blogging. It probably won’t be as exciting as diverting through rice fields in an embassy vehicle to avoid the Maoist rebels or starring in a movie in India but I will do what I can.

Again for those who remember, I couchsurfed my way through Europe on my trip. I have decided to spread the love and have signed up my sofa for couchsurfing. (Not that I am expecting many international travelers to come to Baton Rouge but those are just details)

The house renovations are continuing. My stairs are partially disassembled and will be put back to together again with wrought iron (or maybe aluminum made to look like iron). I will know for sure when I put my weight on it for the first time and see if the railing collapses like a Coke can. I have to start tearing out drywall around the tubs soon as well so I can put up the right material to hold the tile. Fun and exciting stuff. Well I could ramble on but I won’t as your eyes have probably glazed over and drool has made your face stick to the sofa. So wipe your face off and turn off the computer as I am done until next time.

Life Update and I Need Your Vote

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
The last few months have seen me working on the house trying to build up some sweat equity. So far I have painted, bought new appliances, put molding up, broke a mirror, and tore the fireplace mantle off the wall. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bought a House

Sunday, December 14th, 2008
There are several momentous first in life. Many people can agree I think that one of those firsts is buying a house. Apart from cars or student loans, it is one of the biggest forms of debt we take on. After ... [Continue reading this entry]

Surviving Hurricane Gustav

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Everyone seems to be discussing statistics and making weekend plans. The stores are full of people loading up on snacks and beer. Is it time for the World Series or the Superbowl? No it's hurricane season and South Louisiana is ... [Continue reading this entry]

Job Found

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
After leaving my sister's home in late May, I spent a week in Oregon and Washington catching up with family. From there I flew back to New Orleans where I was met at the airport by my parents who I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Emotional Outpourings and Future of the Blog

Saturday, May 17th, 2008
As I sit here in my sister's house surrounded by scenes of American surburbia, I find that the memories of my trip are beginning to fade as they always do. The tastes, smells, and sounds are starting to dull and are becoming harder ... [Continue reading this entry]

Trip Thoughts and Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, May 15th, 2008
Since my return to the US, I have been asked some questions mulitple times so I thought it would make a good blog topic to answer them. 1. What was you favorite place? This question gave me a lot of trouble. First and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Trip Statistics

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
For those interested in such things, I have decided to write a page with some statistics about my trip. Hopefully some will be useful to someone and some will probably just be odd but here they are anyway.  1. Trip Costs: ... [Continue reading this entry]