August 19th, 2002

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Ok, I've put up all the pictures from my trip. They can all be found here. Enjoy!
  • Current Music
    Beth Hart: L.A. Song (Out of This Town)
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The flowers, they are dying.

The flight home yesterday was fairly uneventful, with really only three things sticking out in memory.

First was the woman who had been issued a stand-by ticket for the 2 o'clock shuttle (my flight) and a real boarding pass for her original flight (the 3 o'clock shuttle) who couldn't seem to grasp that since the flight was full, she was not going to get to stay on the plane, and would, in fact have to give up her seat to the gentleman with the real boarding pass for this flight. That took a little time to straighten out. ("I have a very heavy bag. It would be hard to get off the plane. Couldn't he just take the next flight?")

Then there was the guy sitting next to me. I was working on crossword puzzles, and he pulled out a puzzle book of his own. Sadly, he was not very good at them. (He was doing the very first puzzle in the book - a newsstand Dell release - and was only getting an answer every 30 seconds or so.) When he saw that I seemed to be pretty good at them, he started asking me for answers to clues. So, I would answer them. Then, he seemed to get angry that I knew the answers. Then, he started making up questions. "What is a 14-letter word for a musical instrument. Starts with S." (He was doing an easy puzzle, on a 15x15 grid. No way was there a 14-letter answers in that puzzle.) "Gee. I don't know. I guess you've stumped me!" He looked smug. Yees.

Finally, we got stuck sitting on the tarmac for about 20 minutes because the radar system at National had gone out. Oops. Oh well, it could have been much longer, and I had gotten there early, so I got a good seat (exit row aisle), and for some reason, haven't been too horribly panicky the last few flights I've had. So all was well.

But, despite all this, I finally got to National, and fetched my bags, and met dvorak. We came home, and I went back out in search of aloe gel to use on my sunburn. While out, I also finally managed to find some vases at Whole Foods, so I bought vases and flowers. Sadly, only 24 hours later, they seem to be doing quite poorly. Maybe it's too warm in the apartment. Maybe packet's attempts at eating them have scared them into a premature demise. Maybe I just have a brown thumb. Who knows? But, I am home, and all is more or less well.
  • Current Music
    Afro-Celt Sound System: Whirl-Y Reel 2
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Work woes.

Ugh. Stress. We had a staff meeting today, and it looks like even more layoffs are coming, on Wednesday, in fact. The catchphrase of the day at the office was, "I'll do it Thursday." Also, the final phase of the news server move is taking place tomorrow night. I really feel for dvorak and Dizzy. We tried to schedule the move during the day so that when the multi-hour move process was done, they would be awake enough to be able to fix things if anything went wrong. Unfortunately, management prevailed, and their not allowed to shut down the server until midnight. Then the server has to be dismantled, packed up, driven to the main facility, unpacked, reracked, and recabled. And only then will we know if there's anything wrong. Eeg.

*sigh* I should probably be looking for a new job, but I can't seem to bring myself to do it. I've been with this company (or some iteration therein) for five and a half years now, and intertia is strong. Besides, I'd probably have to actually go to the office at any other job. Regardless, if anyone has any interesting documentation / web / sysadmin / project manager type jobs for which I might be a good match, please feel free to drop me a line. I'm not actively looking, but if something interesting or exciting comes along, who knows?
  • Current Music
    The MIssion UK: Tomorrow Never Knows