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Dustin Decker

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Watching the calendar...

Dec
11

So 2015 is steadily drawing to a close. It's been quite an interesting year.

I've been working with Veterans since May of this year in the West Los Angeles Veterans Domiciliary program, where I manage a Professional Development Center.
I Maintain computer lab workstations, network connectivity, access to printers. Basic troubleshooting and assistance with personal devices being used on the wireless segment of our network.
I assist Veterans with Job Searches, Housing Searches, and access to electronic benefits. I also assist with modification of Pro Per and Pro Se legal pleadings.
I provide one-on-one tutoring to Veterans wishing to update their skills and become more fluent in technologies such as Microsoft Word, Web Browsing, and personal security in the Digital Age.
And I participate in staffing incentive therapy and compensated work therapy tours and provide staff with tools and training necessary to effectively complete their tours.

It has been rewarding and challenging work. Most of my clients fall in the "dual diagnosis" arena, dealing with substance abuse issues, PTSD, perhaps former incarceration for significant periods of time... we run the full gamut here. Some days I'm really good at it, when I maintain an appropriate measure of gratitude for the good things I have going for me in my own life... and sometimes, I allow external forces to rub off on me, and become complacent, wish, hope, hem and haw... and the day doesn't turn out very well. I am not a religious man, but I am a spiritual one, and I find that when I allow my connection to all that is good become rusty, the results are spiritual tetanus.

Being physically in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital that it is, has its perks. I have ready access to a vast and wide selection of both local and national music acts most every week if I can afford a ticket. And it's a very "happening" massive city, but at the end of the day, it's really "small town". Just bigger, dirtier, noisier, and with the WORST TRAFFUCK EVAR! Now that "winter" (if you can call it that in Southern California) is upon us, and a promised El Nino effect, we'll hopefully see significant precipitation. At a minimum, I hope the higher mountain ranges get a ton of snow to help with our spring water needs. It doesn't rain much here on the edge of the desert... and folks won't generally be prepared. They forget how to drive in it, and there's not a lot of room for all that water to run off for that matter. It will be interesting if we get all that science has forecast for us.

2015 has probably been one of the BEST years personally as a musician ever. I have far less gear and tech at my disposal for recording and performing, but the lessons of the year have been absolutely tremendous. Crossing the threshold into 45 years of age, I've actually got experiences and things to say when I write now as well... where formerly I might have written a song about riding a skate board or the like, now I right about things far more relevant such as the shootings in first Paris France, and more recently, San Bernardino California an hour and a half from here. With that, I'll close the year out a bit early sharing "Don't Take The Fall", and wish you a Merry ChristmaQuanzaHanukkah plus happiest of New Years rolling into 2016. Make it your best ever!

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I see YOU!

Jan
15

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It never ceases to amaze me, the number of things going on behind the scenes that folks think I don't notice.

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Wireless Security Focus

Dec
01
My brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 4G-LTE Smart Phone activated on Black Friday. This is the free version of the Verizon Wireless "VSP" application or "Verizon Support and Protection", protecting me from Bad Things(tm) on the Internet.

As my friends and family may or may not already know I recently transitioned to work in this segment of the wireless industry. Working with new technology has always provided me a great deal of excitement throughout the years, particularly when I see technology succeed in augmenting or enhancing life - making mundane tasks easier, simpler, and perhaps even fun!

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21st Century Life Companion

Nov
28

I broke a vow today. I tried - hard. I really, truly did. I tried to avoid the consumerism and consumtion that comes with "Black Friday". I promised myself I would stay home until it was time to go to work, and not spend a dime.

Then I found out that Best Buy, one of my _least_ favorite places in the world to shop, was giving away Samsung Galaxy S4 4G-LTE phones free with two year activation. So I decided I would make plans to head over early Friday morning and wade into the fray. Fortunately for me, I had the sense to look at their website early this morning and pre-order my unit for in store pickup. Added bonus: I don't have to wade into the store on Black Friday, have until December 5th to pick it up. Just moments ago, I visited their website - and they're completely sold out.

I'm SUPER excited about this new phone. It's been a very long time since I've had modern technology in my hands, and nearly as long since I last spent any money on something I _want_ for myself. Truth is, if it weren't for the Black Friday special, I'd have to fork out $300 for this phone, so I can let myself of the hook just a little bit.

Bonus: Mine comes in a pseudo-rare Blue Arctic finish.


http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxys4/
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Health Links

Nov
20

Are you a United States Veteran?  Are you tired of being turned away with your dental needs?  Looks like this is finally changing.


Do you have allergies which require you carry an epinephrine auto-injector pin?  How would you like to get them for FREE?
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A Professional

Nov
18
“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”

That’s a pro.

In terms of Resistance, Maugham was saying, “I despise Resistance; I will not let it faze me; I will sit down and do my work.”
Maugham reckoned another, deeper truth: that by performing the mundane physical act of sitting down and starting to work, he set in motion a mysterious but infallible sequence of events that would produce inspiration, as surely as if the goddess had synchronized her watch with his.

He knew if he built it, she would come.”

Excerpt From: Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne. “The War of Art.” Visionary Press, 2012.
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Spiritual Vision

Nov
15
“Spiritual vision literally cannot see error, and merely looks for Atonement. All solutions the physical eye seeks dissolve. Spiritual vision looks within and recognizes immediately that the altar has been defiled and needs to be repaired and protected. Perfectly aware of the right defense it passes over all others, looking past error to truth. Because of the strength of its vision, it brings the mind into its service. This re-establishes the power of the mind and makes it increasingly unable to tolerate delay, realizing that it only adds unnecessary pain. As a result, the mind becomes increasingly sensitive to what it would once have regarded as very minor intrusions of discomfort.”

Excerpt From: Anonymous. “A Course in Miracles, Combined Edition.” Lulu.com, 2011-08-02. iBooks. 
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New Gig, I'm kinda Busy Folks

Nov
12



So those who aren't yet in the know - I started a new job this week.

"Thank you for calling [insert major Telco here], my Name is Dustin. May I please have your first and last name and the telephone number we'll be working with today?"

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