Wednesday, November 24, 2010


As I leave your for the holidays I had Star Trek on my mind. For a couple of reasons this show made history. First thing I cannot forget is when Captain Kirk fought the alien....remember the music.....(da da da DA DA DA DA.....da da da DAA DAAA DDAAA DAAA).....Back when I was a kid I thought this show was totally high tech. Now I look back and watch those shows and I laugh my ass off.
The thing is I think the show was ahead of its time. In order to go to the moon Apollo was not the first prototype / Gemini (I think was)....My point being all cool concepts must start from somewhere. You have to test a concept before you can get it to the moon. And for today all cool space movies I think would not be here without STAR TREK.
Without this show we would have no "Aliens".....we would not have "Predators".....or another all time favorite of mine......"Star Wars".... Hell even Battle Star Galactica.
So I'm heading up north this weekend to relax. I have two goals in that timeframe and that is to see some Star Trek and James Bond.....Eat, shut the phone off and kiss reality good bye for a bit...
Trek on my fellow space junkies....and have a great holiday.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving / Things I'm Thanksful For (Top 10 List)

(please note that the Black Widow does reserve the right to use improper english/grammer/ and misspell words)........

This week I wanted to share with you a few things in my sarcastic tone that I am thankful for. But first is it me or does it seem today that Thanksgiving gets overran by Christmas right away?

Anyway I'm thought about it and I use to fly a lot with the old company I work for. Here is what I'm' thankful for this year.

#1 I'm Thankful for my wife and kids.

#2 I'm thankful "I don't" have to fly any more/ ride coach and put up with the ASSHOLE from first class who cant put his 15 bags in the first 5 rows.....God I don't miss that at all..

#3 I'm thankful that my kids are still in a house this year.

#4 I'm thankful I've been able to swing 2 jobs for the last 5 years to accomplish #2.

#5 I'm thankful for my buddy Dave who watches my dog when I go on vacation. My dog is a bastard in the car and bites me when I get in and out. I love the little guy but I dread every trip with him.

#6 I'm thankful that my kids will have a Christmas this year.

#7 I'm thankful my parents and bro's and sista's are all alive.

#8 I'm thankful I finally got a truck after wanting one for 5 years....I still cannot put down my car and truck magazine which I used to find my truck. Now I catch myself looking for the next one that I want. I'm addicted.

#9 I'm thankful I woke up this year in the world of Politics.

#10 I'm thankful I kept blogging and met the people on here I did to find out more about #9.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone see you next week.

The Black Widow

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Work Ethics Of Today

About 3 years ago now I've noticed a change with the kids coming into our company to apply. Most of them don't have a drivers licence and or already have some type of record with the police. It simply amazes me that they expect to get a J O B but don't have a license to get to work.

When I was going to school I had to work full time on top of that. Now all I hear is "man I better get a raise or I'm out of here".... Some of my poorest times were my college years. I worked as a bus boy making $3.00 an hour cleaning tables while going to school. At that time I smoked like a trooper so most of my tips went for cigs. That is one thing I remember about school "scrounging for cig money"

When I was going to school lot's of my freinds thought they were going to make about 60K a year coming out of college (hell even I thought that...). Those day's are gone my friends along with many high paying jobs for college grads.....
To get into my field I was stuck making $8.00 an hour. Right now I have two nieces trying to get into teaching. That market is hard to penetrate and they are working as aids and getting paid very little. However unlike the kids that work for my company I hear "no' complaints from my nieces "at least they are trying"....

I guess the point of today's story is it seems like you have to try. And many people today just gave up on that concept. There are jobs out there but people are not taking them because if they do they can't make a house payment. For the last 5 years now I have held down a full time job and a part time job. So I say to those people "it can be done"....I've done don't need to make 800K a year to keep your house. Find a 40K dollar a year job and a part time job...It's feasible. I lost everything/ my house/my cars even my dog was pissed at me. But 5 years later I still have my home. And If I can do it....You can do it...Get your work ethic going, get up every day and go do "some type of work". If you don't do that you will fall into a rut and never get out of it. And above all have a little faith.....
The Black Widow

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Probabilities Of The Economy

One thing I love about my blog is I pick random subjects (of which many I know nothing about) and then share my thoughts with you. Why? Because your still reading my blog.

Today's subject has been on my mind now for two weeks or so.

The Subject: Probabilities. So let's look at this for a moment shall we?

Pick any subject that you can think about and "It's" probably gunna happen. Many people can pick a subject and then figure out a ratio (or true odds of something that might or might not happen) kind of like a Vegas card player...

It's really not that hard ......look.

Will the Economy be fixed by President OBAMA and his organization......?"Probably NOT"....

Will the House and Senate come together and help the OBAMA administration develop a plan for new jobs? "Probably NOT".....

Will large Corporations continue to outscource American jobs to other Countries? "Probably"....

Will this Administration continue to find ways to bail out banks that should go under? "Probably".

Will America continue to dump billions of dollars into Afghanistan and get nothing to show for it in return? Probably......

So you see I don't know shit about Probabilities as far as numbers go. But I do know that when you look at the way the Administration is running things now "you and me" "The Little Guys" are gunna get screwed.

And "That" is all you need to know about Probabilities.....Pick something that you want to happen and it wont...Pick something you don't want to happen and it will.....

The Black Widow

Thursday, November 4, 2010


When I was 4 my parents were just getting started farming. At that time there were me and 4 other siblings. Also at that time my parents were very poor and did not get out much. But when they did they usually dropped us off at "The Old House in The Woods" as I called it.
And the person who lived there was called Mrs Bull. She was very poor herself but was extremely nice. Basically my parents used a barter system with her. That meant for watching us my parents gave her meat from cows or chickens that we would butcher (instead of money). One thing I remember about her house was it always smelled like old eggs. I remember coming into her kitchen and there would be eggs all over. Basically after thinking about it she collected eggs from other people and stored them. For how long I don't know but I'm amazed she never got food poisoning.
The other thing I remember was that she was not a very good cook. One time when I was 4 we were all dropped off at her house. And she was going to make us chili. All I can remember was I could not eat it and my brothers (when Mr Bull left the room) poured their chili back into the kettle. I can still hear her today "my you kids must be hungry do you want more?" ...."NO"said my brothers....Apparently they were smarter than me ....
Another thing I remember is sometimes being dropped off alone with her. She did not have any toys and always gave me keys to play with. So I would make up games about being a cop and putting people in jail or something like that. Back then us kids were so poor we had to "create" an imagination. In today's world kids have X Box or Wi and all that is done for them.
This week I have been thinking about many places "if I had a week off" that I would like to go back to and visit. The Old Yellow House and The Old House in the Woods are two places that are tops on my list.
Mrs Bull is no longer with us and I'm sure passed away many years ago. She was a sweet lady now that I think about it but when your four I guess you don't realize that. Very recently my mom gave me an old photo of her and I keep it in an album with my Grandmother.
People come and go in your life very fast so remember to try and have a little fun with your friends and family every day....
I'll be back next week.
The Black Widow

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"The Old Yellow House"

Very recently I was talking to a friend about old houses. Sometimes I blog about things and I will have no idea why....However when I see an old building or a Country house it takes me back to a time when I grew up specifically.

There is one house in particular we called it "The Old Yellow House".....It is located in Lublin Wisconsin way out in the boon docks. To this day I still find myself wanting to go get a picture of that house. We use to rent "The Old Yellow House" when I was very small and I never forgot it even though I was 4 years old.

I have memories of my brothers locking me in the car because I use to nag them a lot. One year for Christmas my brothers got GI Joes and I got a Milk Truck. How comical it was now thinking back on it. The funny thing is they do not have their GI Joes anymore but I still have that dam milk truck at my parents. I can still remember how my mom put up the christmas tree in the same corner of the house every year. Or I can remember snowmobiling with our neighbor Loyd.

Many years later we started a new thing where we would take a trip to this house while taking a break from deer hunting..... It has now become a creepy place with the trees over grown and the basement is full of water. No longer can anyone walk into the house for fear of falling through the rotted floor.

So you see it's really not an old house or an old farm your looking at it's like your past. Somewhere I think in our brains we store memories and obviously when we see certain things it brings those memories back up.

For me the things that make my memories click are old buildings/ farm houses or woods.One thing is for sure for better or for worse I will never forget "The Old Yellow House".

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Staw That Broke The Camels Back

For the last 20 years I have been in manufacturing in one way or the other. Started out running CMM's (cordinate measuring machines) then went to Purchasing and then to Quality. For the last 5 years now I have worked for a company who seems to want to screw me at every chance they get.

About 2 years ago now I was told I had to take a 13% pay cut as did all the other salary people. Also the line workers had to take a cut in the amount of hours they were working. As time went by I forgot about the second one. This morning somehow it came up (I was talking to an hourly person) and she said she never took a paycut nor had she ever had a cut in pay.

Now we use to have a VP who was my boss but we got rid of him and he was pulling in about $1700 per week. We also had a buyer who we got rid of and he was pulling in about 1000 per week. And his inventory was twice mine . I guess my point is Im doing two jobs/Quality and Purchasing as are a lot of people out there in the US. However what makes me upset is I was lied to in the fact that (NOT EVERYONE REALLY TOOK A PAYCUT).

So if we look at the math over the course of the last 2 years Im out 20k and my fellow employee was out nothing. Also several months ago as I've mentioned before my boss now has a brand new beamer (I know where my 13% went)....What I really need to do now is get off my ass and get a new job. I have grown comfortable with my job (or coasting as I call it) but now I guess the straw has broken the camels back.

One time for this company I moved a line of products which required me to look at blueprints and dimensionalize all the parts (thousands of dimensions). The program is worth about 2 million dollars and to move that to another supplier we got a 100K cost savings. Of course I saw none of that but I did have a job.

Are there other people like me who are employed but feel like "The Man" is still sticking it to them? Or am I the only one?

The Black Widow