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This is the Week That's Gonna Be
     This weekend has been nicely productive; out of the 12-task list I made for myself Saturday, I got 7.5 items done. And that is above average for me. (If I could just remaster the art and science of getting up before the sun is over the yard arm, I imagine my success rate might be even more heady.)
     Saturday, we went to see our first born cross-dress in "Charlie's Aunt" and were mildly entertained. The director made a strategic error in asking his largely amateur and young cast to try for "English accents." It was a linguistic leap of which most were incapable. I will say, with pardonable pride, that FB did one of the best jobs. He ascribes his steady accent (I'd give it a solid B, compared with the the rest of the cast's C- to C) to our insatiable BBC appetite.
     All the weekend's activities were a pleasant prelude to a week which I don't expect to be quite so enjoyable.
     The upcoming week is my final in my current office, which means I'll be spending much of my time getting rid of what doesn't need to come up to Galactic Headquarters, and what will be coming up with me. Not coming? Seven-year-old zoning reports on downtown Evanston. Coming? Two plastic rats and a pink plastic lobster that smells of strawberries (a long ago gift of Keycon, presented to BB and me by maruad . It's topped my computer ever since then.)
     I am not happy about this move, having successfully avoided Galactic Headquarters for all 27 years of my time with my company.  Not happy at all, despite every cheerful reminder from folks that a) at least I still have a job and b) at least I still have a job. Oh, and c) at least I still have a job.
     I know perfectly well I have a job. I also know that this move will make my ability to do the job well significantly more difficult. I'm further from my beats, I'm further from home, I'll be spending significantly more in gas to get to and from this inconvenient office, only some of which is reimbursed by the company.
     And working in a corporate ambiance will be toxic unless I am very careful.
     Guess I'll have to be careful.

    

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mmbutler
Oct. 13th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Love you, kiddo.
You might not have the time soon to listen to this, but this NPR followup radio show about the financial thing is actually very worthwhile about what happened and what specific holes there were in regulation. It could be that we will thread the needle of not having the trouble in the large-cap guys trickle down to the local level 100%.

http://podcast.thisamericanlife.org/podcast/365.mp3

I will also commend to you another Heinlein paraphrase, from a prognosticatory piece he wrote a long time ago: "Brother, we [might be] headed for the hundred-dollar hamburger; for the barter-only hamburger. But this is [relatively speaking] only an inconvenience as long as there is plenty of hamburger."

Here's to your keeping the hamburger flowing. So to speak.
kaffyr
Oct. 13th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Love you, kiddo.
Thanks, sweetie. I'll take a listen to the show. You have a good week, OK?
(Anonymous)
Oct. 14th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: Love you, kiddo.
Oh, fair warning: at the very end -- in the final few minutes -- the correspondents do a little oh-boy-I'm-scared-aren't-you blurt followed by a Depression song ("...when everyone was very depressed", as Viv Stanshall said). When you hear the first syllable of that confession at the end, I recommend you turn the thing off.

Don't let it bring you down / It's only castles burning
Just find someone who's turning / And you will come around
maruad
Oct. 13th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
It is tough to be moved out of your comfort zone to a new locale. Smile lots, work hard and don't be discomforted. If you are discomforted, smile and don't tell them about your new lemons until they have learned to love and appreciate you.

You are always safe in telling us about your lemons. We may actually have some lemonade recipes... or can at least lend you the sugar you need to make use of your own recipe.
kaffyr
Oct. 13th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reminding me - the lemonade recipe requests may arrive soon; both they and the sugar are appreciated.
doclnghair
Oct. 13th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
How to survive
Just make certain that you go thru Decontamination Procedures before you step into your home after work. Usually a large whiskey will suffice.
kaffyr
Oct. 13th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: How to survive
Well, that works! Thanks!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 14th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: How to survive
Pour it on BB and inhale the vapor or lick it off. Or vice versa. Either way, a fun decompression should ensue. RrrrrRRRRRR. --MMB
mjlayman
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Ow. I hope it's not as bad as you think.
fishbliss
Oct. 15th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Please be careful.
kaffyr
Oct. 15th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
I promise! (Have you decided what to do with jazzin' up your chimney?)
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