Category Archives: life

Driving, Important Decisions, and more.

2006 Kia Spectra EX
2006 Kia Spectra EX

So, I’ve been looking at cars obviously, and getting my license (They go hand in hand, right?) So, what I have come up with is a 2006 Kia Spectra EX. I won’t bore you with too many details,

Here are the key points:

  • $3500 Down Payment
  • $250/month Car Payment (That’s because of a 22% Interest rate! Being 18 without credit sucks)
  • $350/month Insurance Payment
  • It’s only had one owner, the carfax was great, it’s a reliable car.

Basically, I am pretty sure I am going to get it. It’s going to absolutely suck having to pay that much money every month, but the reason I want to finance a car and not just buy one is that I want to build credit. That sounds very adult of me…I know. But, it’s a scary world out there, and let’s face it, I do need to build credit and the sooner I start, the better right?

In other news, I LOVE my job. It’s just beyond words amazing. The people, the work, solving problems, the culture. It’s just great, I am so lucky to have this job.

OH, also. I bought a Flip UltraHD…but I don’t want to point out where the channel is because I plan on being silly and highly unprofessional. It’s for fun. (Email me if interested ;])

Until next time!

They call me…Gelato? – Rookie-O

Kyle Gelato?=]
Kyle Gelato?

Hello Everyone,

This week I have been doing Rookie-O (Rookie Orientation) at RackSpace’s Datapoint office. Basically they give us an overview of the whole company, and how to essentially be a Racker. It’s pretty awesome, although I do miss doing my work.

Some people might ask, what’s the definition of being Fanatical? Google defines it as:

fanatic: marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea; “rabid isolationist”

So that’s the definition of a fanatic…so I guess, here at RackSpace sometimes we know when were being fanatical, that’s the great part about it. We push ourselves, and are aware of it when we do. In this way we can sort of “check up on” ourselves, and see if we are living up to the word. So here is my Fanatical story:

  1. Laying in bed.
  2. Can’t fall asleep, starting Rookie-O the next morning. (It’s Midnight at this time)
  3. Search twitter for “RackSpace” on my phone
  4. See unhappy customer
  5. Tweet customer that will look into issue
  6. Go downstairs with laptop so I don’t wake anybody up
  7. Solve issue
  8. Go back to bed (It’s 1:30 AM at this point)
  9. Accomplished, warm fuzzy feeling of having helped someone is happening.
  10. This person posts a blog post about what I did for them.

(By the way, #10 is a link, yes the whole sentence)

I love what I do, and I am passionate about my work. Talk about the Cloud and I can go on and on ;].

My Rookie-O Table (Our team "Rock n' Rackers")
My Rookie-O Table (Our team "Rock n' Rackers")

Click the image if you want to see it full size, but this is my team’s decorated table for Rookie-O

Howl-O-Scream, An Amazing Job, and Life

I won 4 VIP Passes to Seaworld San Antonio!
I won 4 VIP Passes to Seaworld San Antonio!

That’s right! I won a twitter contest, to get 4 VIP passes to Sea World San Antonio (Some Details) (Thanks @jackreturns !) and I could not be more excited! I am supposed to be working second shift (12-9 PM) that day at work, but hopefully my boss let’s me work morning shift that day and leave a little early (skip lunch and whatnot!)

The great place I work at!
The great place I work at!

Speaking of work, I’m sure everyone is wondering just how new job @ the RackSpace Cloud is going! Well I have to say I think I am in a dream world, because it is everything I thought it would be (and more), and it’s just simply amazing. Everybody I work with is awesome, and they have a lot to offer as far as me learning things from them. I got my desk this Monday, which was nice to get set up in. Quentin says I have too many monitors setup. [PIC] What do you all think? =P. A lot of people ask “What is your work place like? Do you have a cubicle? Are the people friendly?” I have decided that this is the best option: View the video on this page

I am currently trying to figure out what I am going to do, as far as a living situation. I may room with another Racker, or have to get my own APPT (Which at this point, seems unlikely…because it’s a huge expense and I really just need a place to sleep, at least for now), or stay with Quentin for a little while longer. All of this depends, of course, on if I can get my license/a car soon. I am going to the DPS (Department of Public Safety) tomorrow to try and do that.

Wish me luck internet, and I’ll attempt to keep this blog more updated!

(By the way, nobody noticed because I made the transition so smooth, and probably no one reads my blog anyways, but my blog is now hosted on Cloud Sites, which is where it’ll stay. No more hosting it on my own private servers. It makes more sense to put it on Cloud Sites. For more information on cloud sites check out http://www.RackSpaceCloud.com/)

The Circus, Site Changes, Life

The Circus
The Circus

Yesterday, Quentin and I went to the circus (with his mother and sister of course). It was okay, however seeing the elephants being poked and prodded (especially after googling circus elephant abuse) was kind of hard. Nothing overly special.

I don’t know how many of you actually follow me blog, but I have been moving it around and tweaking it a bit, as well as securing it. I felt that, after all the security flaws that WordPress has had, and the servers that have been hacked, that hardening my servers a bit would be smart. So, as a result the site is now hosted on my Chicago server, until I get a better/bigger Slice.

In Life news, my first day at RackSpace is tomorrow. However, the first day of work is at the headquarters (Datapoint), not where I will actually be working (Downtown). This means I am equally excited for both Monday and Tuesday.

Thanks for listening, see you again soon!

Broken Phones and New Journeys

My Cracked Palm Pre Screen
My Cracked Palm Pre Screen

Yes internet, you are correct. I did crack the screen on my Palm Pre. I did not just drop it though, I went out “Kyle Style.” If Kyle was going to break his phone how would he do it? Why of course by doing a hand stand and having it fall out of his pocket. Well that was a nice $120 handstand (Thank you phone insurance for saving me $450.)

In other news, my first day of work is on Monday (Sept. 14th!) I’m very excited about it, but you all knew that (You did read my blog before this post right?) So wish me luck.

That’s the quick-e of my life for now.