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The Channel Four News Action Weather Frog Says…

Posted 2007.07.29 0.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

It’s gonna be hawt! The next few days.

Postcard from Second Life

Posted 2007.07.28 0.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

It’s a picture of Technical Writer (just call her TW for short) and me.

She just needs to get a pair of glasses and the illusion will be complete.

Atashi and TW
Atashi and TW

Just What Is The Deal With Footballs, Anyways?

Posted 2007.07.23 0.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

What is up with these things?

I Wanna Be Retired

Posted 2007.07.22 0.00 in Work by Stephanie

Ring-ring-ring goes that f-ing phone, I wanna be retired
Email’s full and fax is on a roll, I wanna be retired
Keep me in my house, it’s quieter in here
Just sit me by the TV, lemme have a beer
Find me the remote, leave it somewhere near
Oh no no no oh oh

Ring-ring-ring goes that f-ing phone, I wanna be retired
Email’s full and fax is on a roll, I wanna be retired
Customers are angry, want me to call them back
The stress just keeps on building, think I’m gonna crack
Please not another meeting, I really need a nap
Oh no no no oh oh

Ring-ring-ring goes that f-ing phone, I wanna be retired
Email’s full and fax is on a roll, I wanna be retired
Not gonna check my messages, please unplug my phone
Computer must be broken, them emails are all gone
I can’t take no more pressure, please let me stay at home
Oh no no no oh oh

Bam bam ba-bam, ba-bam bam ba-bam, I wanna be retired
Bam bam ba-bam, ba-bam bam ba-bam, I wanna be retired
Bam bam ba-bam, ba-bam bam ba-bam, I wanna be retired
Bam bam ba-bam, ba-bam bam ba-bam, I wanna be retired

I wanna be retired.

* to the music of I Wanna Be Sedated, by The Ramones

My Summer Stay-cation, Epilogue

Posted 2007.07.21 0.00 in Uncategorized by Stephanie

The whole summer stay-cation thread kind of fizzled out last week, last Friday actually. I went to work but I was beat and ended up not working very hard or very long. Pissed off home early and then basicaly spent the next 4 or 5 days slacking off around the house – sleeping, napping, relaxing, and resting.

Basically I just shuffled my time-off back a week, so instead of the week of July 9th, I was off the week of July 16th. Thing is, I didn’t exactly go out of my way to tell anyone, nor did I remember to change my voice-mail message or leave a vacation notice on my email. So what people saw was that I was out of town / hard to find through the week of the 9th, then just vanished the week of the 16th.

Anyhow, back to this past Thursday.. went in for the morning to take care of a few minor crisises and that’s when it hit me.

I don’t like my work any more. It’s not fun any more.

I haven’t felt like this in about 7 years. This week off has helped in a way, helped me recharge / keep my sanity / whatever. But it’s also harmed slightly in the sense that… this is what I want to do right now, at least for the short term. Just screw around the house, and not worry about shit.

Now it’s Saturday and I have to return to the rock pile on Monday, I’ll have a zillion voice-mails, emails, faxes, and stuff all waiting for me, people will be all panicky and upset due to my absense and I’ll have a bunch of fires to put out. And the prospect of all that, in less than 48 hours, has made me feel very depressed right now.

I wanna be retired.

Shades of Doubt

And Then It Dawned On Me…

Posted 2007.07.17 0.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I was sitting here, eating a hamburger. Mmmm what a good burger, too. I don’t usually eat hamburgers but on a whim I bought some frozen ‘prime rib’ burgers at the grocery store the other day. I don’t know if it’s the burger or the way I dressed it up, but dang it’s good.

I’m too lazy at the moment to go and BBQ so I’ve fried it on one of those thick frying pans with the raised ridges, it keeps the food out of the fat and gives the impression of grille marks. More importantly though – as it’s nearly done I melt some swiss cheese on the burger. The soft kaiser roll is lightly toasted, and then I spread some frou-frou fancy mayonaisse on it, the kind with dried tomato and simulated bacon bits in it. I finely chop a single whole green onion, and lay that into the mayo. Then I finish with a spicey tabasco ketchup. Yeah, it tastes great. So great, in fact, this is the second day in a row – I had this for lunch yesterday, now for dinner tonight.

Misha’s all into it too, she’s been sitting at my feet whining for me to give her some. Not a chance though – I let her have some of it after lunch yesterday and a few minutes later she started barfing… and didn’t stop. She seemed to barf up everything she’d eaten in the past two weeks. She wandered from room to room to make sure every room got to share in the fun of kitty barf. No way I’m going to give her some hamburger again, I’m not risking a repeat of that.

Then it occurs to me, I was kind of sick myself last night – bad stomach cramps and other unpleasantness. Then I’m wondering if I’ve noticed a trend, that has to do with eating these ‘prime rib’ burgers and then experiencing digestive problems.

Certainly, it gave me something to think about as I finished eating the burger. The experiment is ongoing.

My Summer Vacation – Days 3 and 4

Posted 2007.07.12 0.00 in Work by Stephanie

As expected / feared / dreaded, my presence was required in Ottawa to do the other installation. So Wednesday morning found me on a 5-hour drive to the nation’s capitol. Most of which went quite smoothly, thanks to the highway system.

Things changed abruptly on arrival though. In the Toronto area, we always whine and bitch about the traffic and the endless construction. Well either Ottawa is way, way worse than Toronto for traffic and construction, or I was working in Ottawa’s Construction District.

At one point I had to get from the customer’s location to a Staples, and back again. What should have been a 20 minute trip ended up taking an hour, because the roads kept closing. Some closed for construction, others closed for no observable reason. And when they close these roads, they don’t just put up a temporary sign in the road – they actually bolt signs to the light posts that say the road’s closed, and then add those red and green “New” signs next to them. Like, it’s not an inconvenience – it’s a feature! Isn’t this wonderful and exciting and novell – we’ve closed another road! Whee!

The traffic was a bit crazy ontop of all this. I don’t mean, there was more traffic – what I mean is that what traffic was there, seemed a bit crazy. Maybe they were just jumpy from having so many roads closed, like you never know when you set out to work in the morning, if you’ll be able to get home. They might close some roads behind you and leave you stranded.


Other than the navigational excitement, work went fairly smoothly and steadily. It still took time of course, but since I learned how to do it on Tuesday, the assembly / installation on Wednesday wasn’t too bad. Afterwards, I had some dinner at the hotel, did a bit of work via my laptop, and got to sleep early.

Day four started off pretty good in fact. I woke early but didn’t feel too tired, so I had breakfast in the hotel. I wasn’t expecting much so it was quite a surprise when the breakfast proved to be fabulous. The best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had, were had in the little cafe in the basement of a Best Western hotel in Ottawa. Go figure.

Back at the customer’s place, should have been a very short morning – just install the data file, do a training session, then hit the road. The data install went fast, the training was pretty quick, then we hit a snag. The data wasn’t right. A further hour of frustration ensued, plugging away on my laptop to try and clean up the data file. It was eventually sorted out and re-installed, and things appeared to be good.

So, about noon, I was able to hit the road and ‘enjoy’ another 5-hour drive.

For the last day of my summer holidays, I expect to have to go into the office and deal with whatever emergencies and crisises have developed over the past three days of being incommunicado due to these customer installations.