• Other writings

    2018: A Year in the Life

    It seems like 2018 just started, yet here we are – about to enter 2019. My 2017 was probably the hardest year I’ve ever had. I lost my mom )(not to mention my cat). I also had to cope with, and come to terms with my deformed feet. This was something I put off for way too long – mainly because a cure for my deformity does not exist. Still – I had to do something, as some of the symptoms were out of hand. So yeah – despite all the good things that happened in 2017, and there were a few good things, 2017 really took its toll on…

  • Holidays,  Memories,  Other writings,  Social Commentary

    The holidays: more than just the individual.

    I’ll be honest – this year, Christmas isn’t really exciting to me. My mom died just over a year ago, and the holidays are so much harder than I ever imagined they would be. Perhaps if I had kids or a bigger family, I’d be more into the holiday despite my mom no longer being with us. Now it’s just my dad and I, as well as my girlfriend.  I remember several years ago, I was playing a goofy Christmas song. A family friend asked “can we please stop the Christmas music?” He had no family left, save for a brother whom he barely talked to. I now understand his…

  • Other writings,  short fiction

    The Curse of The Purple T-rex.

    Every year I do a fun, creepy, scary story for October. This year is no different. I’ll be telling the chilling tale of how I once turned into Bernie, the purple T-rex. Of course – this is fiction….or is it?  Enjoy this year’s story!  December 22nd, 1993. A group of ten or so of us decide to rent a cabin at the coast before the Christmas madness hits a few days later. It’s morning and I’m asleep, or so my bunkmates think. I decide to have a little fun and pretend I’m dreaming. “I love you…..you love me,” I sing, supposedly sleeping. “Look – Aaron’s dreaming….” I hear someone say. …

  • Advice, Information,  Other writings

    Working Tuesday through Saturday: Pros and Cons.

    In my last job, I worked Tuesday through Saturday. I really liked this schedule  – but there were certainly drawbacks. I did not appreciate hearing “TGIF” when I had another day left in my work week. Still, I got back at them by exclaiming. “I love Mondays!”, while everyone else drudged back to the working week. All in all, if I can choose a schedule for my next job, I will gladly work Tuesday through Saturday, however, I have different tastes than others. Maybe you’re considering a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. More and more Americans are opting to work on Saturday or Sunday and dropping a weekday from their schedule. …

  • Other writings

    Getting laid off means so many goodbyes.

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls –  getting laid off sucks. I’ve been employed in my current field for 18 years, and have worked extremely hard to get where I am at now. While there’s been ups and downs, and various levels of employment, I have not been unemployed since then. The rushing thoughts of “what now” seem to be non-stop. I’ve never been really good at job hunting, and I’ve gotten used to a certain level of living. I honestly don’t know what type of job I want, and I don’t know how to get it. Having said that, this is far from my only fear. I fear I’m…

  • General geekiness,  Other writings,  Pointless rants,  Social Commentary,  Technology,  The Internet

    Even if I’m wrong, I’m right and that’s why I write….

    Wrong or right, I have no idea what to write, I just know I need to write. The reason I need to write is because I want to be a success. I want more hits to my blog, and I read something somewhere saying if I post more often, I’ll get more hits. I also need to make sure that if I write the right stuff, I’m not wrong. Does that sentence make any sense to you? Well, it shouldn’t – but it makes my readability score turn green and that means more hits from Google and Bing and Yahoo. I’m supposed to repeat certain words several times, like write,…

  • Other writings,  Site news, etcetera,  Technology,  The Internet

    Breaking Up with Godaddy.

    I’ve spent most of today doing something I should have done a long time ago….I’m breaking up with GoDaddy. I’ve had my domains and hosting with them for over ten years (maybe even closer to fifteen). The aaronjedwards.com website literally launched and grew into its current form using GoDaddy’s servers. So why would I kick GoDaddy to the curb? Well, let me tell you!!!! The very first reason…a few years back, I found out their CEO hunted elephants. This bothered me enough that I thought “it’s time to change.” I, however, didn’t make the change at that point. I was much too busy to really look into what needed to…

  • History,  Humor,  Other writings,  Science Fiction,  short fiction

    Brain Damage Related to Time Travel. A found document.

    I found a document in my files today. I really don’t know where it came from. It appears to be a report from the future. Weird! Read it for yourself…. Historic document: 2068.7.21 Subject: Brain damage related to time travel In the late 2050s, time travel not only became a possibility, but also available to a consumer level. This caused several problems of course, but one curious problem was that of the brain damaged time traveler. 1 in 350 consumer time travelers would come back from their trips with brain injuries. This never happened in purely scientific travels, even though the technology was similar enough that there should not have…

  • Other writings,  short fiction

    Deadroll

    Chapter 1: The First Day “And this is our main studio control room…..” A short, chinese woman with a hollow voice said as we walked into a room. On one wall….monitors everywhere over a counter full of controls. “This is like something out of Star Trek,” I said with a snort. “Close….this console was actually used in Star Wars. You know that lever they pull on the Death star?” “Ohmygosh! Yes! Oh Wow!” I marveled at the controls – the lights, the buttons. Here was a piece of cinematic history in front of me. “Let’s look over here” We turn to see a large studio through the windows- maybe 75…

  • Humor,  Memories,  Other writings,  Social Commentary

    What should one wear to the hospital?

    As many of my readers know, my mom has been in the hospital and at one point it didn’t look like she was going to make it. While she’s on the up now, she’s got a long road ahead – even now. If that wasn’t stressful enough, I’ve found myself putting a lot more stock in an everyday question. Every time I’ve gone to visit her, I’ve asked myself “what do I wear?” Let me step back….I have a lot of t-shirts, and unless I’m working – I tend to default to said t-shirts. I love my polos I wear to work, but they all seem so plain when I…