Monday, May 17, 2010

Goodbye to the king of metal

I just thought I had to say something after losing somebody as important to us metal heads as Ronnie James Dio. I don't know exactly what to say other than the fact that the great rock and roll band in the sky has captured two great singers this year that I can think of, Doug Feiger and Dio.

I would say "rest in peace" but I don't think that Dio wants to rest. :)
carlene knight

Monday, March 8, 2010

pizza boxes and work

Why do pizza and doughnut companies put their product in cardboard boxes that can't even be recycled because they are to lazy and/or cheap to put a liner of some kind in the box. It could be something cheap, for crying out loud. I have neither room in the garbage nor patience with companies that could be less wasteful. Maybe we should start some kind of rally.

I don't know if I can keep my job as I'm too slow. I'm doing my best, and that's not good enough. We'll see what happens, I guess. to visually impaired people, this is a word of warning because I understand that this has been a problem for some of us in the past as I'm working with an autodialer making outbound calls. I can't do callbacks, fill out credit card forms, fill out feedback screens or disposition the calls quite as fast as the average sighted person, and they are being knit picky. Later all.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spinal Tap question

Hi to all:

I just watched the Spinal Tap movie, and though interesting, there are a few famous scenes in which I can't remember exactly what happened. For instance, in the airport scene, where did the metal detector find metal, on the guy and why were the other band members laughing? I can kind of formulate my own idea, but I'd like to know for sure.

Anybody want a rotten cold? It's absolutely free. "later."

Friday, February 12, 2010

Who wants a computer?

Does anybody want a very small Sony Vaio Pc? I would like to sell it so that I can visit my parents before I go back to work in March? I have been temporarily laid off until then. I see them once a year but once I go back to work, I won't be able to take any time off for quite a while as the company I work for are sticklers about missed days, and offer no vacation time. The computer does need a battery but other than that it works perfectly and is in good condition. Email me if you want more info. Let me stress that I will not use this blog to sell things, but this is is an exception to the rule. hope everybody is doing well. Talk to you all later.
carlene knight

Monday, February 8, 2010

about me

Oh yes, I forgot to note that I am nearly blind from birth. I have a rare genetic eye disease known as liebers Congenital Amaurosis. It was not diagnosed until I was about 9 or 10, which drove my mom crazy. I did not find out until a number of years had passed that I was quite lucky because with this disease, I could have also been deaf and/or mentally retarded. I insisted on doing everything my sisters did, including riding horses, climbing trees, riding bicycles, and even driving a tractor. I grew up surrounded by animals and music which helped me stay sane as I was quite an outcast in school. This blog would not be complete without mentioning my very besets friend, Pat. He was cursed with Cystic Fibrosis and had a mild learning disability , but we had a lot of fun together acting out Star Trek plots and the like. Thinking that it would improve my social standing in high school, as most 16-year-olds don't play Star Trek, I tried to not associate with him quite as closely, though we never fought. I can only imagine now how mean I must have seemed to him. I was still an outcast. He was removed from the public school system, and worked at some maintenance jobs, as well as helping his dad farm. Unfortunately He never saw his 30th Birthday. It seems that nature can sure be crewel. I could write a whole blog entry on Pat, and maybe I will someday. I went to a regular public school in the small town of Adrian except for my senior year. I went to the local community college in Ontario Oregon and got my Adult High School Diploma. The people there were so much more excepting and mature. I was earning high school and college credits at the same time, which I thought was pretty cool. I think you can only do that under certain circumstances now. The highlight of my summers was showing rabbits at the Malheur County fair. I look back now and realize that I could have probably had champion stock if I would have played my cards differently, but I decided to do everything on my own, avoiding the bickering 4H leaders and made a lot of mistakes. Oh well, live and learn, I suppose. I miss those rabbits a lot, but don't know if I would have the time to take care of them now, plus there's no way could have them in my mobile home park. Raising rabbits for slaughter seems kind of crazy now. I got quite attached to a couple of them. Shortly before I left home I was diagnosed with epilepsy, which is no fun. My mom explained later how she cried and how worried she was as I started having seizures in June and left for the big city of Portland just 2 months later. That was in 1985. I think that I became quite a pain in the neck for her.

After going to the sound recording school called Recording Associates, and realizing that wasn't going to work, I went to Portland Community College for a while until a depression set in and I lost interest in schooling as well as my Pell Grant. I worked at Industries for the Blind for a few months until I found out that I was pregnant. Oops, there goes another career that I was going to persue. I had decided to become a massage therapist but decided that I would stay home with my baby for the first few years of his/her life and I didn't want to forget everything I learned. I realize now that there was probably a way around that, but again, hindsight is always 20-20. My daughter is now 20 years of age, and will soon be an assistant manager at a Sally's Beauty Supply store nearby. She has also graduated from Image Designers, a local cosmetology school, as an esthetician. She still needs to take her state boards.

In the summer of 1991, while crossing a very busy street near our apartment, with my daughter, Elise in my baby pack, I was struck by a car and suffered a broken ankle which needed emergency reconstructive surgery, as well as a broken collar bone and a hairline crack up my shin. How lucky Elise and I were to be alive. After a lengthy wait, a settlement was made with the driver's insurance company, and I purchased the manufactured home where I currently reside with my husband Steve, Elise, and my critters; a dachshund mix, four cats, three of which are Elise's, I might ad, :) a guinea pig, and a couple of birds. One of the is a canary and the other a parakeet. They live in the same cage which is downright strange. I guess nobody told them that a canary and parakeet aren't supposed to be room mates or even like each other, but they insisted on sharing their lives together.

I currently work at a call center since getting laid off from another in 2008 where I had been for 9 years. This center specializes in fund-raising. Though the pay isn't good, and we've had quite a battle with the software being used, it's rewarding. I've missed a lot of work due to my adaptive software not working hand in hand with the company's. My husband, Steve owns a CNC routing business near downtown Portland.