Everything's comin' up Blomberg! I've been saved from the seemingly inevitable fate of driving to and from Rochester, MN 3 times a week for the rest of my life. Or as long as I could take it. I predicted 3 months.
Now it's ZERO months because I got a job at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in the ICU as an "Operations Technician." I'm not sure what that means exactly or how they got that title. I sounds like I'll be a doing mechanic work on jets or something but I'll be doing phlebotomy and EKGs for people who just got out of heart surgeries. BADASS.
Since my year of unemployment was so awesome, I can't imagine how much more awesome this coming year will be with a steady paycheck and a reason for getting up in the morning. It'll be a bummer to have to miss out on some things but I feel like I've made up for it by seeing/doing so much stuff this past year. Like going to the Smashing Pumpkins show 2 weeks ago.
Somehow I never got into the Smashing Pumpkins in high school even though I had terrible parents who let me dye my hair and go out with friends they NEVER EVEN ASKED ABOUT. Such a tortured child. I always appreciated the stuff I heard on the radio but I never went out of my way to listen to them. I got a free pair of tickets from a lovely lady I improvise with. All I had to do was write a haiku about the band. Here it is:
Despite all my rage
I'm just a rat in a cage
Me want tickets...pweez?
I could've done better but I was in a hurry to get it done which was stupid because it turns out I was the only person who tried to get them. The Smashing Pumpkins are no longer relevant apparently.
The show was phenomenal. They actually seemed happy to be together onstage. I know there was a lot of animosity between the band members in the first incarnation of the Pumpkins which probably added to their general emo-rock vibe. I prefer this version of the band, though. Jimmy Chamberlin never would've done a cover of Kiss's "Black Diamond" from behind the drumset as an encore closer. It was awesome.
I like Billy Corgan. He seems like a nice guy. There's been talk about him being an asshole but I didn't get that vibe at all at the show or in any of the interviews I've read. One thing I really like about him is that he's wicked tall which means short people like me can see him from behind his enormous, weed stank fans.
I have somewhat of an addictive personality when it comes to music. I've mentioned it before but I'll repeat myself for the sake of this blerg. My many music obsessions have gone in this order:
the Beatles (age 9-13)
R.E.M. (age 13-17)
Patti Smith (age 13-17)
All things CBGB related (age 13-17)
The Monkees (age 16)
Mike Nesmith (age 16)
Michael Jackson (age 17)
Die Antwoord (age 26)
And now, the Smashing Pumpkins (age 26). Mind you, I'm still into all of the above artists just not as much as when I first discovered them. There was a lag between ages 17 and 26. I'm not sure why. Probably because college crippled my soul and turned me into a shell of a human being. Yes, I was in college from age 18 to 26. No, I don't have a degree. Yes, I'm buried in debt. Don't judge me.
I wish I could translate my thirst for irrelevant pop culture factoids into important, real life things... like math.... or getting a degree. If there was a degree for little-known Mike Nesmith facts, I'd have a PhD. Dr. Carolyn Blomberg. I wouldn't have to tell anyone what it's in... BUT I WOULD. All the time. And I'd win all the bar trivias ever.
So hopefully this new job will be able to fund A.) my stupid, unnecessary school debt from the black hole that is the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, B.) moving out of my parents' house, C.) one a them fancy iPhones and D.) my insatiable appetite for borderline unhealthy interests.
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