31 January 2014
There are still things to do here at the office as the weekend approaches. It feels good to have the time I would normally have dedicated to the conference call to help take care of things. I will be here until the normal quitting time. I brought my lunch today so I won't have to get out. One of the coworkers has threatened to come over to the office around lunchtime. I say threatened because he is notorious for never arriving at all. The loose atmosphere is something that I am thankful for. It gives me time to take care of things that would probably fall through the cracks at a normal office.
I just got home from work a few minutes ago. The traffic was incredibly heavy for a Friday afternoon. The warm weather must have caused an outbreak of Spring Fever around here since most people work later hours than I do. Not that I'm complaining. It finally feels wonderful outside this afternoon. Since Hal has said that he is tired this afternoon, we will be staying home. Perhaps we will order some dinner. Tomorrow I have plenty of errands to run that will keep me busy while Hal is at work. I think that staying home is the right decision for us now.
28 January 2014
I got over 8 hours of sleep last night, mainly because I forced myself to go to bed after a nice hot shower before 9pm. As much as I dislike giving up time with Hal and The Stooges, I know that I am better off going to bed and getting more rest because I feel better every day after doing so. I am seriously debating altering my work schedule later this year if we move closer to where we both work. That will cut down on the commuting time and make the decision somewhat easier. Arriving at work early means I avoid the real rush hour traffic here and leaving early accomplishes the same thing.
Just after 0900 now and the flood of email has begun to arrive. Looks like this will be yet another busy day around here. No reason to complain because it does keep me employed.
Finally home after another busy day. I am going to relax and get to bed early this evening, like I promised myself. Perhaps I will be able to start writing about some other topics soon.
27 January 2014
I saw the coworker who threw the retirement party on Friday night as he retired from the military reserves. I recalled my evening spent avoiding one of his psycho chick friends, and he found that rather amusing. That isn’t exactly the word that I would have used, but at least it is all over with. If I had been set up with the psycho, my friend would never enjoy seeing his children graduate high school!
I am hoping to get a good night’s rest. The weather has begun to cool down and by tomorrow it will be ridiculously cold once again. The forecast for tomorrow morning is calling for wind chills below zero. Not what I was hoping for, but I have to deal with it nevertheless. I am planning to listen to some music before going to bed early tonight, and so I wish everyone a good night and a great Tuesday.
26 January 2014
Why is it that the first cold snap of the winter brings out all the RWNJ Climate Change deniers? Years of average temperatures rising mean nothing to RWNJ.
The same RWNJ also ignore the facts and historical patterns when confronted with more than 30k Americans killed by guns each year, so it must mean that they are just stupid fucks!
25 January 2014
Today there was a shooting at a mall in Columbia, Maryland. 3 people are dead. There was another shooting at South Carolina State University as well that happened yesterday. How many more incidents like this must we endure before we get serious about gun control in this country?
I am tired of the NRA owning politicians and preventing debate on this issue.
I am tired of RWNJ arguing that only guns protect us from government tyranny.
I am tired of hearing that the solution to these tragedies is for more people to have more guns. The emotional knee-jerk reaction that has proven to be the most deadly is the delusion it is always the wrong time to discuss this issue immediately after a tragedy with no timeline ever established. This is nothing more than a tactic to keep the issue out of the public realm as much as possible. The thought to discuss gun control immediately after a tragedy is the normal response, and not some over-reaction.
I am tired of the belief that the right to own a gun supersedes the right to not have to live in fear of the next mass shooting.
I am tired of the numbness that seems to have become the normal response to these tragedies.
I am tired of the fact that a tragedy doesn't rate coverage unless the body count is high.
I am tired of the mentality that our kids have to go through drills covering tragedies like this because we are too cowardly to address the real problems.
I am tired of people profiting from these tragedies by marketing "protective training" and "survival skills" books who crawl out of the woodwork to flap their lips on TV news when a tragedy happens.
I am tired of the glamorization of these tragedies.
I am tired of these tragedies being referred to as "incidents".
I am tired of hearing about people being "neutralized".
I am tired of these tragedies being covered only when they occur in affluent areas, as if the poor do not matter.
I am tired of the NRA and Ted Nugent and their hateful and insane shit.
I am tired that I even have to write this post!
I was minding my own business, yes I was, and this woman managed to shoehorn her way next to me as I was at the open bar. She asked me if I saw some other guy nearby at the bar chatting with another woman. I said yes I saw them, and then she proceeded to unload with all her story about how the guy had dumped her. Obviously this woman was a lot drunker than I ever got last night. I had her tailing me throughout the party, constantly telling me her life story even though I did not want to hear any of it. When I tried to physically separate from her, she started crying and of course everyone thought that I had done or said something to upset her. Oh, I was very tempted to do so, but I held my tongue through the disapproving glances that I was getting from other people.
Eventually I managed to escape her attention to sneak out for a smoke. Just as I was beginning to relax, she showed up asking for a cigarette! I went back inside the bar to find my coworker and ask him just who the hell this woman was. He told me that she played on his softball team, and that she had “issues”. I told him that she was a psycho and that I was preparing to leave the party because I could not get a moment’s peace with her trailing me. My friend’s wife eventually managed to steer the psycho away from me. After that I had a much better time, made some new friends, and several of us were preparing to head to another bar to keep our own little private party going. I was shocked to find out that one of the girls in this group had invited the psycho to come along with us because the girls felt sorry for her. Bad sign that signaled the end of the night. Psycho would not leave the bar we were at because she found someone’s cell phone and insisted that she had to find the owner. We all told her to leave the phone at the bar and to alert the staff and that they would take care of it. The group of 6 people could not convince her to leave the phone alone and that it was the owner of the phone that should be worried.
After 15 minutes of assorted efforts to get psycho to leave with the group, I finally had to announce that I was leaving for home. I would have enjoyed more time with the new friends, but I was completely sick of dealing with the psycho. I think that next time I am out like that I will just be rude and unpleasant towards any woman who wants to dump her life issues onto me. I could have dealt with the group including her at another location, provided that they kept her in line. Now we will never know. I respect that everyone, myself included, wanted to make sure that psycho got home safely and would not be driving, but there is a point where you obviously have to realize that you cannot help everyone and must move on.
23 January 2014
I honestly think that short workweeks are the worst because people always try to cram their supposed 5-day week into the shortened timeframe. This week has certainly lived down to the lowest expectations.
Tomorrow will be Friday, and i will do my best to calm things down. I am going to a friend's military retirement celebration tomorrow evening so I will not allow myself to get wrapped up in other peoples' problems at the office.
22 January 2014
I always find it amazing how much stuff flows into my email on days that I have publicly stated are days that I will NOT be in the office. Apparently, this means that no one reads the notifications that I send out regarding schedule changes. This comes as no great shock to me.
I am expecting to have the office to myself for most, if not all, of the day here. The normal meeting with the client should be cancelled for this morning. If not, I will just have them dial me in remotely. It is too cold outside right now to stand around waiting on a bus if I don't really have to.
I did manage to get a good night of sleep last night. For this I am grateful and I hope to repeat that this evening.
I did go to the client's office today after all. Getting there and back was an adventure due to the snow-and-ice-covered sidewalks. The cold made waiting for the bus rather miserable both ways.
It is now just after 5pm and I am home and just finished dinner. I am looking forward to a quiet evening and hopefully, a good night of sleep as well.
As the snow begins to fall here in Alexandria, Hal and I are all set. We did get out to BJs for some necessities and were very surprised to find that the place was not crowded at all. That allowed us to get back here before the light snow started. There is plenty of food here, including Hal's wonderful spaghetti so we will be fine for the rest of the day.
The snow is clearly visible from the windows here on the 17th floor but it seems to be hanging off to the North and West of us by a few miles. Right now there are only light flurries in the air and the ground is not covered as of 1000 this morning.
Nearly noon and the snow has really picked up in intensity around here. This is supposedly what we have been threatened with since yesterday. Luckily, everything is ready here. I managed to get a covered parking spot when we came back from BJs earlier this morning so I will not have to clean the Beetle off tomorrow morning, or whenever I go back to work. It is hard to believe that yesterday we were at 60 degrees here. I would rather have the 60 degrees!
It is now nearly 2100 and there is no more than 3 inches of snow on the ground. I will see what the conditions are like in the morning before deciding whether or not to go to work.
21 January 2014
Today has started with me sleeping in for an extra 3 hours this morning. When I woke up, Hal told me that we needed to make a trip to BJs and Safeway since there is supposed to be significant snow on the way later today. Luckily, I already had today off work so this will be the only trip out for us. As of 0940 there is still no snow here in Alexandria.
It remains to be seen when the snow will start, or how much we will get. If things get bad, I will just let work know that I will be taking tomorrow off as well :-)
20 January 2014
This morning I awoke to find a birthday card on the bedside table. It made me feel awesome as I awoke to realize that I had turned 50 at some point overnight. I found Hal in the living room and we talked for awhile about plans for the day. Hal then got up and returned with a gift bag. I was stunned and thanked him before I even touched the bag.
I removed the packing paper meche and was totally stunned to find a SOL Republic Deck Bluetooth speaker. I am not a person who expects big or expensive gifts. I was speechless as I saw the speaker. Hal could tell that I was incredibly surprised and very pleased.
I managed to get the speaker put of the box with my hands shaking and got it connected to my iPod via Bluetooth. It sounded wonderful, and I immediately began helping Hal to sync his devices to the speaker as well. Hal mentioned that he could tell how completely surprised I was, and that is an understatement!
We went out around lunchtime and Hal bought lynch for me at Buffalo Wild Wings. Again, I don't expect people to spend a great deal on me. It is the thought that counts. After lunch we wandered through Potomac Mills and I almost managed to get away without buying anything. However, one item caught my eye and I splurged on myself.
As we started home, we heard on the radio that we are supposed to be in for a significant snowstorm tomorrow. I already had taken Tuesday off to enjoy my special time for one more day so I am not worried about the weather tomorrow. As I close out this blog for today, I can say that this has been the most wonderful birthday ever!
The first interesting item about me is the link that I have with Dr. Martin Luther King. Today we celebrate his birthday, although he was actually born on January 15th. I was born in 1964 and my Mother wanted me to be born on my father’s birthday which is also January 20th. My original due date was to have been January 15th, 1964 but my Mom managed to hold me back from the world until January 20th. A tenuous link, but one that I have always found rather inspiring.
The day should be interesting around here. Since it is a Federal Holiday, I have today off. I also took the liberty of taking tomorrow off from work as well since this is a special occasion. Not sure exactly what plans there are, but Hal and I will have a wonderful day together nevertheless. As I set off on this journey through my 50th year, I hope that I can maintain this blog, and that it will be both interesting and entertaining to the readers.
Let’s have a great day everyone!