If you build it, they will come.
If you build it, they will come.

When Barack Obama said “…change has come to America,” he kid you not.  I never thought that it’d hit me so hard, and so fast, it comes without a warning, almost like a tornado, sad to see friends, co-workers that I’ve worked with over 10 years leaving one by one.  I’m still thinking that it’s a nightmare, and that I’d wake up from this, but as time passes, the reality sinks in.  I dare say today that not all change is good, might be that I’ve too much put on me, must be some sort of curse, I feel like I’m drowning in my own poo, but yet I’m the lucky one.  My feeling might change tomorrow, but for now, I‘m thinking about today.

Another thing that I learned just now, I was looking for an MP3 song, What About Now by Daughtry at switchpod, a site where I hosted all my MP3 songs that are posted at this blog.  Instead of their normal screen, it has a Final Notice in bold print, and below read: As of Monday May 25th, 2009 the Switchpod service has gone off-line…speechless, I checked my MP3 songs, “file not found”.  Great, at this moment, I’m not sure what I will do, I never did receive an email from them, what do I expect from a free on-line service.

Photo: REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Photo: REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Of course, my MP3 situation is not that important comparing to everything else that is going on.  For most of us, we never thought we’d live to see the day when GM file for bankruptcy, it’s unthinkable. When I read that “…A bankruptcy filing for General Motors could come in the next few days…”, I thought of all the people that work there, their families, what will they do?  One of my retired co-workers that works part-time said that it was shocking, she never thought that she would live to see this day.  It is sad indeed, I told her that I think Americans have changed, take her for instance, she switched from American made car to Honda, the boss also switched to Toyota, and the owner switched to BMW.  As for me I’ve always driven a Toyota.

Also sad to hear that Ghost Town in the Sky that I visited last October also filed for bankruptcy protection and reorganization under Chapter 11 in March of this year, and if things don’t get better, this might be their last season.

Most people that know me know that I don’t like changes, but one change that I like to make today is to change my pen name from Ginger back to Nye, the name that most people know me by, I hope this change is for the better.  As bad as situation may seems, it helps to talk to friends or someone about it, and don’t let things bottled up inside, just remember one thing, nothing (good or bad) lasts forever.


  1. Welcome back Nye. Ginger reminds me of Gilligan’s island. 🙂

    Sorry to hear about Switchpod. That’s almost like having your one and only computer hard drive crash.

    I think change could be a good or bad thing. Most of the time it’s a good thing. Makes people not take things for granted. And also that there is always more ways then one to get things done.

    • Thanks Cambree, it feels good to use my old name again, the closest to my real name. 🙂

      On a personal level, I think change is good for me, it opens my eyes and let me see things, it also makes me appreciate the simplest things in life more. As for my workplace, it gives me the opportunity to test my problem solving skill.

  2. it’s hard to see a lot of people losing their jobs and what not! Lets hope the economy gets better soon.

    You can try hosting your mp3s at, I host the ones I share on my blog from fileden. You can either get their free service or pay for their service for a bigger GB usages and montly bandwidth.

    Oh by the way, the “Homeless Hmong” vid with english subtitles had been up on my blog. I had talked to Bee and he also received some request on subbing so he went ahead and got it done. I haven’t watch it with subs, so I am not sure if they subs are funny, but in hmong they were really funny dialogue.

    • mozemoua, I think it gets worse before it gets better, and it’s not the worst yet I’m afraid. I’ll check out the site when I have more time, and thanks for the link.

      I’m looking forward to the English sub, he works fast, I’ll check it out in a bit. Thanks. 🙂

  3. I thought the name “Nye” speaks for itself on this blog. Either way, I don’t mind what name you can use – it’s “thought that make you itch”, innit?

    Why not use site? I’m using it for my mp3’s. Although a bit complicated because they don’t create an archives for your downloads (it’s a file-sharing site), I use a tag/category name so that I can retrieve them anytime.

    • Thanks K, or shall I say K.noizki, you knew me as Nye from the beginning and I changed my name on you, and you told me then that it was the name of your dead cat, Ginger, that should have been a sign right then. 🙂

      Thanks for the link, I’ll check into the site later, it might be 2 to 3 weeks before I get to work on it, I’ve translated project lining up for me.

  4. I see many changes myself…
    I live near a tourist destination; it is a long strip of road with many jobs and activities. But now, literally… every other shops/stores are closed down; the building is abandoned. It sort of look like a ghost town now. Sigh… I hate changes… and right now, it looks like the changes are gloomy.

    by the way, try to host your mp3s. That’s what I use.

  5. ^^In addition, when Circuit City shut down, I was BEYOND shocked! Never in a million years did I think a giant electronic store would shut down like that. I bought my first laptop from them. 😦

    • lady0fdarkness, shops in this area are closing down also. I bought my CF Memory Card for my camera from Circuit City to take with me to Laos, and I brought several, not sure how many I’d need but he told me that he’d take it back if I end up not using it, and luckily when I got back, I was able to return some of it before they close the door, kind of shocking for me to hear also.

      Thanks for the link, I’ll check into it.

    • A while back I returned a printer at Circuit City. And they claimed I opened it. It was ridiculous since when I first bought it, the store opened it and re-taped it again. I don’t know why, but it was the last printer there.

      I wasn’t going to let them charge me restocking fee. So I told them to check the cartridge (it’s never been open or use). Of course being so lazy, they didn’t want to bother doing that. It felt like they were calling me a liar and harassing me. I never went back after that incident.

      I am glad Circuit City is gone. It was just a matter of time before they disappear.

      Office Max is the way to go! They are a honest and good company, they deserve to be here.

      • Cambree, It must be a Southern hospitality down here, the guy that helped me was real nice, I told him I had to take it out from the box because it’d be too bulky for me to carry to Laos, and he said that they’d take back even if I open and would only charge me a restocking fee, I think a couple of dollars, and when I returned, they didn’t make any fuss.

        I’ve noticed that many places are nicer to their customers now, I think they realized that a good customer service is very important. I hate places that think that they can be rude because they’re a big company, but in this day and age, the bigger you’re the harder you fall.

    • Yes, I do feel sad for all the unemployed workers. And the sight of stores closing is very depressing anywhere. 😦

      • Cambree, sometimes I wonder when it’d get better. It’s also sad for me to read that suicide rate in this area has gone up. For some of us, we’re lucky to have friends to talk to, a great stress reliever, but for others, they’ve to go see a shrink. 😦

  6. Dear Nye, I too think of all the changes which have happened in my lifetime-the good and the bad. I miss you and think of you often. And I’ve exchanged our daily encounters for your blog to stay connected. Luv, A

    • Hi Audrey, I wasn’t sure if you’re still reading my blog, I was just thinking about you the other day. Things have changed so much in the last year or so, I think everyone is trying to stay afloat here, hoping to reach shore safely. I hope you and H are doing well, tell him I say hello, and it’s good to hear from you.

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