Ravings and Rantings

Welcome to my cloud! It's got a nice silver lining somewhere.....Some ranting, some raving--mostly positive stuff,lots of jokes (I can't stay serious). Nothing going on here that a pina colada or mohito can't fix.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Strike It Up

Whatever happened to Black Box anyway? Thought that they were pretty good....how are ya world???

Still great weather here, unusually so. Loving it still.....

Big Dummy here went and bought a treadmill. Will be paying for it 10 years after I've died, but it's worth it I think. Except have to keep it clean, as in vacuum downstairs in the basement. The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe is not allowed down there anymore, because her hair will give me more work to do. Will likely relent within a few days tho. Went to one place, found a treadmill I liked. It was bigger than I thought it would be (i.e. would have to go in the basement). Wanted to think it over. The salesman didn't do any explaining at all. Then dropped in at a second place. WOW was the guy there adorable, but they didn't have treadmills. Had lots of other stuff tho. He sent me to a third place, laughably close to my house. THAT place was great. They explained what I needed to look for other than the obvious (e.g. motor noise, springiness in the belt, etc.) which the first place didn't do at all. So I bought at the third place. Now there is NO excuse for not walking, since I don't even have to get dressed to use this thing. Just vacuum every once in a while (my most hated activity, but the area involved is small). So maybe not so dumb after all.

Also went and got what I'm calling 'whole foods' (salad, broccoli, whole bunch of fruit) instead of the usual natchos to snack on (well and eat for dinner too). OK it's only been a day but so far so good. Have been doing OK at eating oatmeal in the morning but by dinner (I skip lunch) am ravenous and eat all the fried stuff that isn't nailed down. Maybe this will help (e.g. watermelon, ready-made salad, sunflower seeds, pears). I sure hope so. Started out looking for another pair of large pjs and decided nuts to that, I'm getting back to my former size.

Soooo we'll see what happens.

Am afraid of telling my family. They'll nag me every day if they find out. You'd think at the age of 53 I would have gotten past being affected by this kind of stuff, but noooooooooooo!

Spent the whole day looking at treadmills and buying groceries. It was also expensive on the grocery side. Kind of funny how eating poorly is cheaper.

OK it's been a few hours already. How much weight have I lost (ha ha ha)??

Hope your day was great, world! How did you like the pics?

Bridg

Friday, July 29, 2005

Men Behaving Badly 2

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Men Behaving Badly 1


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Men Behaving Badly 4

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Men Behaving REALLY Badly 3

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Men Behaving Badly 5

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Men Behaving PRETTY Badly 6

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Adrian T Is Frustrated

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Have To Say I Love You In A Song

Love Jim Croce....

Hi Guys/World! How was your Friday? Here it still is clear, cool ish, and breezy. Love this....
Took The Most Spoiled Cat In the Universe to see her slave friends I mean doctor for an annual checkup. Got a totally clean bill of health. She's lost a little weight (by eating 4 cans of cat food a day??? The little cans), nothing else wrong at all. I was estatic. The thyroid treatment she got ($1100) worked like a charm, her bladder stones have not come back, and most of the folks there were commenting on how pretty she is (grey fluffy little monster, I just love her to bits!). Cheapest appointment I've ever had there ($70).

Of course, little sis got it into her head to go out to the movies (yay) and of all the hours in the day to call, called exactly when I had to c atch the cat, stick her in a carrier and motor like crazy to the vet's. And she wanted to yak. OK had to get a bit short with her but in the end, all of us: Mom, me, Sis, Sis' partner and Sis' partner's daughter all went to see Sky High. It was a HOOT! You really have to take a kid with you to see it, it's worth the giggle. Then we went out for dinner and Daughter and I were jiving in our seats to the music. Normal folks would have been embarrassed to be seen with the two of us, but not Sis, Partner and Mom. It was fun. So here I am blogging about it.

Couldn't sleep last night either. Up till 3:00, woke up today at 12:30, mostly at Smokey's insistence.

So how was your day? Any good jokes? As you can see from the pic posted hier, I think that Tshsmom was right, those were European goldfinches visiting the garden a day or two ago. Flashy little things. Thanks for the tip, Tshsmom.

Totally forgot to tease S (that's what I get for staying up so late) but did think of a great prank to play on Bro. You'd have to know Bro to get this, but he taped down a runner in one of mother's corridors. Sis' partner Rosie did the other one. I'm gonna tell Bro that his runner's crooked. It'll drive him nuts. Plus Rosie's gonna say that
Bro never talks to her on the phone when she answers (Bro thinks that SHE's annoyed with HIM). This is gonna be cool.

Neat being in a family where we all got stuck at the age of 5! Tee hee hee.

Here's a joke from friend Ray (who is a darling):

Two blondes boarded a crowded bus and one of them mispered to the other, " Watch me embarrass a man into giving me his seat."

Pushing her way through the crowd, she turned all her charms upon a gentleman who looked like he might embarrass easily. "My dear Mr. Wilson," she gushed, "fancy meeting you on the bus. Am I glad to see you . Why, you're almost a stranger. My, but I'm tired."

The sedate gentleman looked up at the girl. He had never seen her before, but he rose and said pleasantly, "sit down, Mary my girl. It isn't often I see you on washday. No wonder you're tired. Being pregnant isn't easy. By the way, don't deliver the wash until Thursday. My wife is going to the District Attorney's office to see whether she can get your husband out of Jail."

And here's a joke from Adrian T:

Gauteng Metro policeman pulled a car over and told the driver that because he had been wearing his seat belt he had just won R5 000, in an Arrive Alive safety competition.

Being a Mozambician, the driver could hardly believe his luck. "What are you going to do with your cash?" asked the traffic cop. "Well I guess I'm going to get a drivers licence," he answered.

"Oh, don't listen to him," yelled a woman in the passenger seat. "He tries to be smart when he's drunk."

This woke up the guy in the back seat who took one look at the cop and moaned, "I knew we wouldn't get far in a stolen car."

At that momentthere was a knock from the boot and a voice said, "Are we over the
border yet?"At which point - The cop fainted.

Have some other jokes but since they're pictures, have to post separately.

Party On, World!!

Cheers, Bridg

European Goldfinches


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Thursday, July 28, 2005

People Just Wanna Be Free

Hi world! Hope you had weather like ours: clear, breezy, cool and bright. Perfect spring weather. In July. Well that's Ottawa for you. If ya don't like the weather, wait five minutes or so. It'll change lol.

This was a day for getting stuff done. Got The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe scheduled for her annual checkup tomorrow, have the car going in for its 25000 km checkup on Tuesday. Haven't managed to drag my own carcass into the clinic yet but will...do have 2 weeks left lol. Replaced the ink in the printers, even got new paper. And the garden looks fabulous. The way I intended it to look like all those years ago when I planted this stuff in it. The hedges, which were looking quite thinned out (almost see-through) are back to their old selves again. Think it's the rain plus the kelp fertilizer that the gardening place I support advised me to get. Worked like a charm. Spotted butterflies running (OK flying) around it this morning (OK it was noon but as far as I was concerned it was morning!). Found out that S is pretty much going to be on his own tomorrow so I"m going to call him as a joke. Pauly took tomorrow off to have a long weekend.

Tee hee hee. No there's no escape from Bridg-jokery. Mom seems to be OK, but man she repeats herself quite a bit these days. The girls (Mom, me, my sister, her life partner) might be doing movies tomorrrow.

And here's a joke from Adrian (of OFF MY BLOG fame):
Try this test. Do not look at the bottom yet, note the numbers before doing it. It only takes 2 minutes.
5 things are happening at the same time in your flat which need your attention.
1- the phone is ringing
2- the baby is crying
3- somebody is knocking at your door
4- you hang out your washing outside and it has started to rain
5- you did not turn off the tap in the kitchen and the water is starting overflowing

In what order will you solve these problems?

Note the order in which you would settle these problems on a paper and check how your decisions have been taken. Do it, the results are very interesting...




Each point represents something in your life. You can see on the following list the definition of each point :
1- phone : work
2- Baby : family
3- Door : friends
4- Washing : money
5- Water : sex
The succession of numbers you have chosen define the order of your priorities in life. So, who decided to turn off the tap first?????????

OK I went for the tap first because of potential water damage, not sex! Really!!!

Boy I'm never gonna hear the end of that one...lol.

And here's another one from friend Rob:

> Things that are QUITE difficult to say when you are drunk...
> 1. Innovative
> 2. Preliminary
> 3. Proliferation
> 4. Cinnamon

> > Things that are VERY difficult to say when you're drunk:
> 1. Specificity
> 2. Antidisestablishmentarianism
> 3. Loquacious
> 4. Transubstantiate

> > Things that are downright IMPOSSIBLE to say when you're drunk:
> 1. Thanks, but I don't want to sleep with you
> 2. Nope, no more booze for me
> 3. Sorry, but you're not really my type
> 4. No kebab for me, thank you
> 5. Good evening officer, isn't it lovely out tonight?
> 6. I'm not interested in fighting you
> 7. Thank you, but I won't make any attempt to dance, I have no coordination
> 8. Where is the nearest toilet? I refuse to vomit in the street
> 9. You're right; I can't jump over that table.
> 10. Oh, I just couldn't - no one wants to hear me sing

Hope your day was bright....hugs, Bridg

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Hitchcock Railway

Artist - Jose Feliciano
Hitchcock Railway
Don Dunn Tony McCashen 1969

Two train tickets to LA
One round trip
the other way
I'll make my bed
where a feather falls
I start to move
when forever calls

Home trip,
ticket to sail away
Hand grip,
Hitchcock railway
Soft ride,
made for comfort
Been tried,
guaranteed password
Hitchcock railway
Please don't fail to pay
I'm gonna fly
gonna live my mind
gonna testify
to the crowds in mind
Quick stop, good day
Hitchcock railway
hey hey hey hey yeah
Free fare,
conductor's coming
Prepare,
we better start running
On time,
at the tag man
Brakeline,
jump on it
you can
Quick stop, good day
Hitchcock railway
Hitchcock railway
Hitchcock railway
mmmmhmmmm
Two train tickets to LA
One round trip
the other way
I'll make my bed
where a feather falls
I start to move
when forever calls

Home trip
ticket to sail away
hand grip
Hitchcock railway
sub ride
made for comfort
been tried
guaranteed password
Hitchcock railway
please don't fail to pay
I'm gonna fly
gonna live my mind
gonna testify
to the crowds in mind
Quick stop, good day
Hitchcock railway
hey hey hey hey yeah
Hitchcock railway
Hitchcock railway yeah
Hitchcock railway yeah
Hitchcock railway
Hitchcock railway yeah
Hitchcock railway
Hitchcock railway

I'm gonnna buy you a ticket
understand me baby
don't you know
I'm really gonna move
on the train
I'll go insane
I'll go insane
on that train

These lyrics took forever to figure out. The ones on the net that I found were wrong, probably someone else's version (Joe Cocker most likely). Am sitting here transcribing them trying to forget that I spent a lot of time tonight cutting down what I think was the world's biggest poison oak plant. At least I think it was poison oak. Big tall sucker (breast high), leaves of three, but not shiny, had corrugated type leaves and spiny stickers EVERYWHERE. Wore gloves and scrubbed with soap and am laundering my clothes in the hottest water possible, but...who knows. It sure was unpleasant, whatever that plant was. Didn't give up easy. Of course the bee balm is doing great. I was armed with bee killer.

Do you know what's very bright yellow, small and like a sparrow, and not afraid of people? Me neither but they (the pair) watched me garden with great interest this afternoon. Boy talk about bright--there is no way a bird like THAT can hide lol. Best they laughed their birdy asses off at me!

Jer dropped by with a tape he made for me of Bruce Cockburn being interviewed and playing Jer's fave song and my fave song (yes they're different ones) both from Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbucktu (dontcha love that title?). Steve Fearing was also on the tape. Very thoughtful, Jer and thanks for the visit. It's amazing, sometimes it feels like Jer was sick only a week or so ago, other times it's like it never happened, or happened centuries ago.

The garden looks better now. You can walk through it, which wasn't possible before I did the hacking I mean trimming out there today. Didn't do anything else. Was very very lazy. Did the gardening because tomorrow is the garden waste day. Emmis was at it too. She thought of something else to do to the houses besides roofing and repaving the driveway. Fine, whatever.....must be nice to be retired.

I am LOVING not being at work except for missing the guys, which is a big thing. Can't stop thinking and worrying about M. He doesn't have to work for money, I should be worrying about ME. Guess it's a habit. Was awake until 4:00. Fortunately the Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe let me sleep in until noon today.

OK off to finish the laundry..may your days not have poison anything in them lol!

hugs, Bridg

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

It's Raining Men

They're falling all over the ground
And it's a mess out there
Amen!

Sorry folks couldn't help that heh heh heh. It IS raining, tho and that's a great thing. When's the last time (think last year) when anyone was glad it rained? Well today everyone here was rejoicing and I bet Raven is too!

Today was a little odd. Sent out a note from Raven, appropriately edited, as a joke. It was a "this is my last e mail for a while" type thing saying that I was going to take off for a while with a gang of bikers (photo attached, they're all gorgeous topless men). Well, you would not believe the number of friends I have who think that I would suddenly chuck it all to go off with a biker gang! I stopped counting at 5 but honestly, I've gotta polish up the old image. One (who will remain nameless) called me as soon as the message went out (am very very grateful for the quick reaction, YOU-KNOW-WHO, and we are now definitely even for you making me wash your feet in the hospital!! But it wasn't intended that way). Am still reading the reactions to that joke! Hilarious! Thanks Raven for the best laugh I've had in ages!!

Then went to return DVDs I didn't see and to go buy CDs. Was looking for Kenny Loggins' version of Holiday Road (theme song to all the National Lampoon's Vacation movies) as well as some latino versions of Jose Feliciano. Didn't find THE Feliciano (or Loggins) that I was looking for but did find two excellent JF and KL ones plus Neil Diamond CDs. Was greatly insulted to find them under 'easy listening' and advised the staff of that..lol OH were they impressed (not). Also found two groups that aren't easy to find: Trooper (a local group) and Style Council. Man when I was looking for vinyl, had to order in SC. Anyway now instead of "It's Raining Men" I've got "Hitchcock Railway" on the brain (OK I'll admit there isn't much else in the old brainbox). First discovered that song and JF when I was in high school. Brings back wonderful memories.

Heard from S today, which was great, also from Pauly and both via e mail. I do miss those guys! Heard from M also. He had his 'chemistry test' today but the man involved didn't have any jobs and likely wouldn't until mid fall. I feel very very bad for The Boss. This sucks big time (hey but at least the man met with him, which means something). He, Pauly and Marc are the best in our field that I know and I can't believe that this is happening to him. Yes I know there's a reason but holy merde couldn't it be a bit more gentle? He's suffering and I hate that (OK I'm immature, never want my pals to suffer at all but still...). Do have an idea, will remind him of it tomorrow.

Can't character-building be enjoyable?

Or is that like asking for veggies to taste like chocolate?

Found out when M called that all my answering machines work, they all work simultaneously, and that this can be very confusing for folks calling. I thought that they pretty much cancelled each other out but no, that isn't what happened. Can you imagine trying to leave a message with four machines going at once? That poor man (still laughing)....fortunately I came home while he was struggling to get a message out. Struggling with the machines, that is.

Nothing else new here...hope your day was good, world? Am definitely going to the clinic about the stupid nose, spent all day trying not to itch it. This is hard when you have hayfever and everything's blooming at once...and having as little patience as I do...need some answers. Tee hee hee can you imagine a metallic nosecone? Like Madonna's Vogue outfit only on my nose?

OK Kid, time to stop.

Night world! Bridg

Monday, July 25, 2005

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

No the title doesn't reflect a mood, just think it's a great song. The words are slightly altered to reflect J. Feliciano's rendition of it (MAN that guy has soul!):

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Gerry And The Pacemakers
(Marsden - Marsden - Chadwick - Maguire) courtesy of http://www.webfitz.com/lyrics/Lyrics/1964/461964.html

Don't let the sun catch you cryin'
The night's the time for all your tears
Your heart may be broken tonight
But tomorrow in the morning light
Don't let the sun catch you cryin'
The night-time shadows disappear
And with them go all your tears
For the morning will bring joy
For every girl and boy
So don't let the sun catch you cryin'

We know that cryin's not a bad thing
But stop your cryin'
when the birds sing
It may be hard to discover
That you've been left for another
But ya gotta remember that love's a game
And it can always come again
Oh don't let the sun catch you cryin'
Don't let the sun catch you cryin', oh no
Oh, oh, oh

Did absolutely nothing today except get dressed, and thanks to three bad nosebleeds even that took some doing! Would love to find out what the heck is causing this. Never had them before in my life until recently.

Am missing the guys at work, especially Pauly and S. It's kind of like punishment not being able to joke etc. with them but it's also great to sleep in (today The Most Spoiled Cat In the Universe got me up at 11:00. Can you believe that??). Heard from M and Jery, which was wonderful. Kept remembering something Pauly did a long time ago which was abolutely hilarious. He mentioned it on Friday and I"m still laughing at it. ...

Like G New Boss said, ya gotta get out more!

OK I will if only to give you guys something interesting to read.
Heard that it's cooler in Colorado (YAY Raven have a great day/week/month) and elsewhere, so looks like things are lookin' up all over.

Sending ya hugs, world. And wishing M all the best in his meeting tomorrow, and Raven all the best in hers today.

Bridg

Sunday, July 24, 2005

They're Coming To Take Me Away

Ha ha hee hee ho ho

Remember that one?

Hi world, how goes it?

Mom drove me nuts in the usual ways, after all it is Sunday. Tried to watch The Village after reading Raven's blog but the disc was damaged and froze every 3 seconds. No kidding, it was very trying. Gave up after 30 minutes. Will try to get another disc. Finished watching Suspect Zero, then Mom gets busy on the phone so I leave. She calls me at my house to find out how to switch her tv back to tv instead of disc. It took me 20 minutes to get the disc to work at all, because she'd (or someone'd) put the control for the dvd player next to the dvd player, where it would do no good at all. I had been trying to get the #$ thing to work using the TV remote, VHS remote and a third remote for DSQ (dieu sais quoi). She claimed complete ignorance of the whole set up and said she'd never used it. I said to push the button that says 'tv' or call my sister, who set this abortion up in the first place.

This is a switch, usually I would have run right over. Not.this.time. Need apart time or else! Even had dreams of moving out of my (teenage) home AGAIN. Need to get out of the parental mindset.

I.am.going.nuts. And this time it ain't work involved, it's my own mom. ARRRGGGHHH!!! I love her, but ARGH! Know what I mean? I bet some of you do...ooops she just called AGAIN. LIttle sis is dumping her 3 cats, rabbit and kid onto mom while their place is being painted. Nuts, the whole thing is nuts. OK that's out of my system.

Hope you had interesting/fun times today? I just napped as usual. Too lazy to go outside and didn't get dressed till 1:00 or so. Nice day but again HOT.

OK enough of this hot stuff, Mr. Weather. This is Canada. GWN, ya know? Not Montreal, not Toronto...they do hot. This town does snow, ice and cold stuff.

Hey speaking of that, The Replacements was on this a.m.!!!

I.Love.That.Movie. Also like Keanu Reeves. Decided S is a lot cuter than Keanu, has better eyes, smile and cheekbones. And build. But KR is OK. Not that I run around checking out such things but when they're right there, well...Heh heh heh S, hope you are grinning and not blushing.

Pauly I bet you're giggling your head off. I am too. Wish I could tell that joke here but won't. Dammit. It was Hugely funny (deliberate capital H).

The only warning I'd ever give you, world, is never tick Pauly (or me) off. We are dangerous folks, Pauly more than me and I love him for it!!!

S wants to do stuff during the 3 weeks I have off. Totally agree. We gotta arrange something. Captain Kidd didn't get along without his crew, neither did Jack Sparrow. AhhHar me mateys...thar's mischief to be put afoot!!! And this includes you, Marcus!!

Sleeping pills are beginning to hit so I'm turning in for the night. Look out for those butterfly nets folks....Bridg

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Oh Happy Day

Choice of title from watching a movie..one of those Whoppi G ones.

Just wanted to mention that it's gorgeous here weather wise. 20 degrees, sunny and breezy. Even had the windows open, which I never do in summer (too blinkin hot). Great day for shopping, gardening, whatever. On my way out, just wanted to say 'hi' and hope the hot spells are breaking everywhere especially in Denver ;)!!!

Have a great day, all!!

hugs, Bridg

Friday, July 22, 2005

Daybreak

Know I used that title before and I know it's Barry Manilow but I like the song, world. Just got some good comedy and will post it bit by bit...here's more from Vic....

Truisms


1. Jesse Jackson, Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert have written an impressive new book. It's called: "Ministers Do More Than Lay People."
2. Transvestite: A guy who likes to eat, drink and be Mary.
3. The difference between the Pope and your boss... the Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.
4. My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it is gone.
5. The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom.
6. I hate sex in the movies. Tried it once. The seat folded up, the drink spilled and that ice, well, it really chilled the mood.
7. It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable. Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too.
8. A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression that he just cleaned the whole house.
9. My next house will have no kitchen -- just vending machines & a large trash can.
10. A blonde said, "I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off. I was relieved when he told me all I needed was turn signal fluid."
11. I'm so depressed. My doctor refused to write me a prescription for Viagra. He said it would be like putting a new flagpole on a condemned building.
12. My neighbor was bit by a stray rabid dog. I went to see how he is and found him writing frantically on a piece of paper.I told him rabies could be cured and he didn't have to worry about a Will. He said, "Will? What Will? I'm making a list of the people I want to bite."
13. Definition of a teenager? God's punishment for enjoying sex.
14. As we slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way

A New Day Has Come

OK OK Not sure I like her as a person but Celine can sing.

Guess what? The meeting/interview again didn't test me on facts, it was a chemistry test with two women who will/would be my colleagues. And it went FANTASTIC!! Then we met with the man all would report to, who is great too. They're interested, so am I. They are broke and are going to find $s to bring me in and figure out how to do it (the mechanics) because the human resource rules were written in the 1300's. He (da big boss) said that there is a99% chance it'll go the way we all want it to but not to drop out of other considerations because there's still the 1%. Smart and considerate guy. I am thrilled. Told G New Boss about it, he's thrilled for me. Also told TLT (since I figured he'd be in a snit if I didn't). He seemed very surprised and glad too (of course I was floating on air, so he had little choice but to be happy, it's that contagious). He said that this was fast and I guess it has been (although it seemed like slo mo torture).

I have to settle down. There is zip on paper, and this could all change in the blink of an eye. But for now I'm so darn happy.

Someone I gave as a reference met with the big boss and gave me a rave review, then called to tell me that my impressions were accurate (about it going very very well).

I want to know it's over but it's going to take weeks if not a month, but there's an end in sight, thank God (I hope!).

In the meantime, best bud of buds Pauly had a chat with one of the two morons who's been 'picking on me (Bridg)'. He talked to Moron 1 two times. And he's going to meet with the other moron too. Says that this won't happen again. Pauly must have scared Moron #2 because he (M2) left a voice mail message for me and an e mail. G New Boss got it too and told me not to bother reading it (he didn't want me to get upset). So I didn't. Also , G New Boss asked what my view of the whole thing was.

VERY diff from TLT, who wouldn't have bothered asking and would have shot me on sight (even tho I'm the one being attacked).

YAY G New Boss. I like him more and more each day. Would definitely work with him again.

And now three weeks off (M's interview is Tuesday afternoon, just like the Moody Blues song). Hope it goes well, he is such a good man. And smart, ethical, etc. Have been praying for him too.

Will miss the guys while I"m off. A BUNCH. They're my sanity (I can hear them saying "poor YOU" to that one!).

Hope we get together over the three weeks. S said that we need to and I sooooo agree.

Came home, roaring up the street (well not really roaring but...) and noticed the driveway was blocked. Yup, Emmi had the thing blacktopped and forgot to tell me about it. Oh well at least it's done and over with. But it sure was funny.

Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe is howling, gotta find out why....thank you all so very much for believing in me. I love you guys.
((((((((hugs)))))))), Bridg

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Crunchy Granola Suite

Hi world! Hope it's cooler where you are...

Like Raven said, I think it was Raven, when it rains it isn't cool anymore. It's still sticky and that's going on here a bit (now EVERYONE'S noticing that too).

Repercussions continue to flow from yesterday's nonsense but I don't wanna talk about that. I have a follow up chemistry test tomorrow a.m. And because of the repercussions, took tomorrow a.m. off to avoid further silliness (i.e. bad vibes). G the New Boss is turning out to be OK so far. He's let me take the time off that I've asked for, whenever that is.

Ya know peeps, what I'm finding out is that my friends are of TOP quality (Pauly you #1! M you not far behind) AND have also found out where the turds are. Pauly quotes someone famous as saying 'if you would know a man's character, give him power'. Damn straight. It's been ***she stops and scratches her head*** a great lesson! Empowering, de-powering and revealing. May I never act like the A holes I've run into, may I be much more like and worthy of my friends.

And looking forward to tomorrow with great eagerness.

Intended to study but instead fell asleep. I was exhausted. Just woke up a few minutes ago. Will read tomorrow a.m. but feel great. More rested, prepared.

Hope tomorrow all is settled in the way I want and that there's no 'suspended animation/wait'. But all will unfold the way it's supposed to and there's no forcing or rushing things.

But just wanted to say 'I love you' to all my buddies. Words just don't cut it, but being the wonderful folks tht you are, you know what's in my heart. Love you all to bits.

(((((Bridg)))))

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Baby I Need Your Lovin'

This'll be a short one.

I just realized my initials are BJ

REALLY. FARGIN .NOT HAPPY!!!


Oh well, guess it could be worse, somehow.

The Cat Came Back

Hey world, how goes it!?

Have you ever had a dream so real that you weren't sure you were dreaming? I had a really vivid one about my west coast buddy last night. Still remember most of it. Wow. No not dirty, but really intense.

Today was a real mix. Am helping Pauly with something, no big deal. Gave Issy some comments on some of work done for her by a contractor (it was really not well done) and THAT started fireworks according to her with the contractor. The contractor forgot that I'm still working here, am well known in the field, and definitely won't forget what he said and did what he did to Issy and me. If I can't trust someone, I don't work with them. Plus he/they were dead wrong. That's a combo that definitely can't work (the combo being bad work/not trustworthy). One of them complained to Mr. B that Issy wasn't giving him enough freedom. You got it, Mr. B gave Issy marching orders to leave the guy alone without getting her input/perspective. Guess they're gonna try that again since it worked the first time. But it'll backfire big time--why would any of us work with this guy again if this is how he behaves? They've now demonstrated to four of us why we should not work with them.

Also this a.m., one of the (trouble) contractors is in the same office as S (that breaks quite a few ethics rules, by the way). I was chatting quietly with S, no big deal, when the contractor got up, left the office, and returned in less than 5 minutes. Five seconds later Mr. B walked into the office looking for me (my office is further down the hall). He knew I was with S and the contractor. He had questions that took less than 3 minutes to answer, and frankly at his level/salary they shouldn't even have been questions. Did the contractor grumble to Mr. B about my being there? Oh I'm sure of it. Especially given his other behaviour today.

The sick part is that this idiot used to work with us before retiring. While he was part of our group he hit on me constantly for the better part of 18 years. AND I paid for 2/3 of his $200+ retirement present! And organized his retirement party because no one else was going to. Charming. He's damn lucky I didn't put a harassment complaint in on him, I had plenty of grounds. So did every other female in our group. Not surprisingly, he is a real pal of Mr. B. Noticing a pattern here? Anti-female, incompetent, and guess who's their biggest pal....

Oh well. We also went out to lunch for Issy's birthday, and get this, the contractors that caused all the grief (in the morning) came with us. How's THAT for hypocrisy?They even ASKED to come. Ick. I talked to the new boss to make sure that Issy has some back up and is protected from this numbskull (actually there are two of them). Not that it will matter with the lips of both contractors firmly affixed to the butt of Mr. B.

New Boss and I also went over a nagging problem to clear up a task I'm finishing. Got it done quickly. He's got a great logical mind. Not as decisive as M but damn good. Am sure that in a few months he'll be good enough at his job to be driving Mr. B (the rest of the way) insane.

Sure hope to heavens I'm not here to see it. Have seen this act before and it sickened me enough the first time.


Am I glad I'm leaving? Oh yah. I'll reread this post every time I get sentimental about this place.

M called and wanted to do beer or lunch. Since lunch wasn't possible we scheduled beer for tomorrow. He's very angry/bitter still about Mr. B. It really depressed me, on top of the other stuff that went on today. I hope that beer tomorrow is better because I don't want to be in a negative place on Friday. If M starts up I'll have to leave or explain it to him. Can't say that I blame him but don't want to be unemployed because of it.

What an insane world this is! Folks like Mr. B and the idiot contractors take in literally over $100K a year, and are pretty secure in their warped little worlds, while the ethical and talented M is looking for work. What's wrong with this picture?

Tshsmom asked me how this prize (Mr. B) got his job. I've been thinking about this and here is my theory (hardly original) --organizations have a culture. It's supported by the masses/throngs at the bottom, but is really set by the 'tone at the top'. Folks at the top do key hiring, the big bosses, and from what I"ve seen usually hire people just like them. That's where the problem is. If you have a bad apple at the top, they hire more like them, and so on and so on. The top bad apples, top apples in general actually, don't usually stay long. Five years max. But the other apples that they hire stay much longer, usually 10-20 years. That's when the rot sets in. We had a bad apple, really bad, that hired 9 others. Can you imagine how far that went? Yep we're still suffering from that one, although that BA's been gone a few years.

Alternatively, you can get some folks (bad apples) who cause trouble wherever they go. To get rid of them with minimum pain, these guys either get promoted (and out) or moved sideways (and out). They are so bad that their bosses are desperate to get rid of them. It's not at all uncommon to 'promote the problem'. That's how this particular person got the job he's in today. Plus, as mentioned in my reply/comment, no one cares about our little group.


Oh great now I'm depressed. Sorry for the rant, off to eat pizza. Hugs to all, Bridg


p.s. Did you notice where you are how nice the weather was? Today was clear, cool (well, 25 degrees), breezy--excellent. Hope it was similar where you are.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

This Is The Right Time

Let's hear it for Black Box! An underrated group (d'apres me)...

MUCH better day today and hope yours was too, world?

Turns out that the place I'm hoping to work at called me twice without leaving a message so far this week (and it's only TUESDAY!!!). The third time they did leave one, and believe me I called back fast! Am going over there Friday a.m. ...there are some folks who want to meet me. I'm soooooooo estatic I've been climbing the walls and ceilings since 2:00 today. Am good for doing zip at work (bear in mind I don't have an offer yet). Yikes/Yippee!!

And not one other thing is in my head. Oh Yah, best friend among friends Pauly sent me what I think is a hilarious joke (did I ever mention that the two of us act like five year olds and we're worse when we're together?)...here it is....(remember, 5 year olds....)

NURSERY RHYMES FOR BIG KIDS
>>>> Mary had a little pig
,>> She kept it fat and plastered,
>> And when the price of pork went up,
>> She shot the little bastard.

>>>> Mary had a little lamb
>> Her father shot it dead.
>> Now it goes to school with her,
>> Between two hunks of bread.

>>>> Jack and Jill
>> Went up the hill
>> To have a little fun.
>> Stupid Jill forgot the pill
>> And now they have a son.

>>>> Simple Simon met a pie man
>> Going to the fair.
>> Said Simple Simon to the Pie man,
>> "What have you got there?"
>> Said the Pie man unto Simon,
>> "Pies, you dumb #$%!" (THAT one killed me...)

>>>> Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
>> Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
>> All the King's horses,
>> And all the King's men.
>> Had scrambled eggs,
>> For breakfast again.

>>>> Hey Diddle Diddle
>> The cat took a piddle,
>> All over the bedside clock.
>> The little dog laughed to see such fun.
>> Then died of electric shock.

>>>> Georgey Porgey Pudding and Pie,
>> Kissed the girls and made them cry.
>> And when the boys came out to play,
>> He kissed them too 'cause he was gay.

>>>> There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of >> her forehead.
>> When she was good, she was very, very good.
>> But when she was bad........
>> She got a fur coat, jewels, a waterfront condo, and a sports car.

Oh forgot a few things. First, Marc is a former colleague. He left here a few months ago, and S replaced him. Marc is gorgeous also (like S), virtually married, and a hell of a lot of fun. Smart too. It's wonderful news that he's coming back. The place he went to is a hell-hole, and we all warned him about it. Glad he's coming to his senses. The guy who's the new boss here, G, worked with Marc in the hell-hole. Marc is not M. Both gorgeous, smart, married but no, not the same!

Also, today Mr. B was a B with Issy. Did the same stupid thing with her that he did with me a few years ago. She's been upset since last Friday about it. I felt so very bad for her. Pauly helped her, God bless him! Things like what Mr. B did help convince me it's worth any price to get the heck away from him. The man could not manage a pee break in a beer factory, and stunts like that prove it. He was polite to me once, then churlish in an e mail.

Stability would be great. I'd settle for professional...lol!


hugs, Bridg (still climbing the walls but laughing....)

Monday, July 18, 2005

Behind Blue Eyes

Behind Blue Eyes (Who) courtesy of: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/w/who,-the/146515.html
No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes
No one knows what it’s like
To be hated
To be fated
To telling only lies
But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free
No one knows what it’s like
To feel these feelings
Like I do
And I blame you
No one bites back as hard
On their anger
None of my pain and woe
Can show through
But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free
When my fist clenches, crack it open
Before I use it and lose my cool
When I smile, tell me some bad news
Before I laugh and act like a fool
If I swallow anything evil
Put your finger down my throat
If I shiver, please give me a blanket
Keep me warm, let me wear your coat
No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes

Hola world, how goes it?

Still baking in the heat here. Where is all this schmutz coming from? Yikes.

The new boss (M's replacement) started today. Nice guy. Listens, not bossy, not egotistical. And get this--MARC is coming BACK!

Isn't that cool?

Isn't it awful? I"m leaving a supergroup, and worse, and being MADE to leave by the (underqualified, huge ego nincompoop) idiot who's running it. No feeling in the world like being personna non gratia in a place where you used to matter and that you used to love.

On the plus side, I'm not here mentally anymore, don't want to be here (but sorta do, if only Mr. B was not here), and others might be interested in hiring me.

It's still a very weird feeling.

Finished all my work today, even the little jobs, and so asked for and got the next three weeks off. The new boss is taking that time off too (actually a bit longer).

I might come back and find my stuff (ha! my 'stuff' consists of a kleenex box, literally) in the washroom or a coat closet.

Shouldn't care but do.

Feels like the night before Christmas--every minute is a year long.

Did get two compliments on my work today from Mr. B. The shock (of his being nice) is beginning to wear off. He also said that he heard good things about our group from other organizations (duh). I know that I have a good rep, so do the rest of us. Am shaking my head here. If I don't know an area, I know that I don't know it, and don't make assumptions that my limited knowledge is all the info that exists on it in the world.

A man who's equal to Mr. B in seniority, but who's retired, volunteers at the hospital I go to for heart stuff. When I told him who my boss' boss was, he laughed and said "there's a man who never let a lack of information get in the way of having an opinion". Burst out laughing when he said that, but how accurate.

It makes this easier to take.

Hope your world is calm and well, world! Please look out for the Mr. Bs....

Bridg

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Boys Are Back In Town

More comedy from the mail sack. Going out with Bro and his wife (the nice one) for dinner to celebrate her bd which was July 14. Mom's already making me nuts (love her to bits tho)...here we go, courtesy of Vic ....friend of AGES past.. enjoy...Bridg

Stephen Wright-isms
I planted some birdseed. A bird came up. Now I don't now what to feed it.
I had amnesia once ... or twice?
I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart. Now what?
Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.
All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.
If the world were a logical place, men would ride horses sidesaddle.
What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?
They told me I was gullible......and I believed them.
Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto a freeway.
Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long.
Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
What if there were no hypothetical questions?
One nice thing about egotists. They don't talk about other people.
When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail.
A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?
My weight is perfect for my height.......which varies.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.
How can there be self help "groups?"
Is there is another word for synonym?
Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all?"
The speed of time is one second per second.
Is it possible to be totally partial?
What's another word for thesaurus?
Is Marx's tomb a communist plot?
If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales? Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off
It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.
Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste a lot like chicken?

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HOW TRUE IT IS
Another year has passed
and we're all a little older.
Last summer felt hotter
and winter seems much colder.
I rack my brain for happy thoughts,
to put down on my pad,
But lots of things that come to mind
just make me kind of sad.
There was a time not long ago
when life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand
about "Living in the Past".
We used to go to friends homes,
football games and lunches.
Now we go to therapy, to hospitals,
and after-funeral brunches.
We used to have hangovers,
from parties that were happy.
Now we suffer body aches
and sleep the night away.
We used to go out dining,
and couldn't get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags,
come home and take a pill.
We used to often travel
to places near and far.
Now we get backaches
from riding in the car.
We used to go out shopping
for new clothing at the Mall
But, now we never bother...
all the sizes are too small.
That, my friend is how life is,
and now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up...
before you're too darn old!!
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Zen for those who take life too seriously:
1. A day without sunshine is like, night
2. On the other hand, you have different fingers
3. I just got lost in thought … it wasn't familiar territory
4. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot
5. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name
6. Honk if you love peace and quiet
7. Remember, half the people you know are below average
8. He who laughs last, thinks slowest
9. I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol
10. Support bacteria … they're the only culture some people have
11. Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your week
12. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory
13. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines
14. Get a new car for your spouse … it'll be a great trade
15. Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow
16. Always try to be modest and be proud of it
17. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments
18. OK, so what’s the speed of dark
19. How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink
20. If everything seems to be going well, you have overlooked something
21. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane
22. Hard work pays off in the future … laziness pays off now
23. Everyone has a photographic memory … some just don't have film
24. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends
25. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges
26. What happens if you get scared half to death twice
27. I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out
28. I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder
29. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name
30. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened
31. Just remember … if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off
32. Light travels faster than sound, which is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak

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The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Holiday Road

Just a quickie folks. Came to my senses (what little I have!), cancelled blind date/coffee/whatever it was.

Whew.

Potential relationship avoided!

Bridg

Holiday Road
Written by Lindsey Buckingham. Courtesy of http://www.fleetwoodmac.net/penguin/lyrics/h/holidayroad.htm
I found out long ago, oooohhhh
It's a long way down the Holiday Road, oooohhhh
Holiday Road
Holiday Road
Jack be nible, Jack be quick, oooohhhh
Take a ride on a West Coast kick, oooohhhh
Holiday Road
Holiday Road
Holiday Road
Holiday Road
I've come back long ago, oooohhhh
Long way down the Holiday Road
Holiday Road
Holiday Road
Holiday Road
Holiday Road
Oooohhhh

I Will Play A Rhapsody

Guessing at the lyrics here, but the song's pounding in my head:

What wil you see?
What willyou be?
Anything you want to
--love is easy .

How will you know
if I am for you?
You won't know me to see me
But you'll know by what I do.

For I will play a rhapsody.
Cleverly disguise it
so it's not been heard before .
And I will sing a lullaby
to let you know I'm near you
through the night to keep you warm.

How will you know
where you should go?
Anywhere you want to
--love is fast or love is slow.
Falling through feelings
and falling through time,
--you won't know me to see me
but I'll come to you in rhyme.

For I will play a rhapsody,
cleverly disguise it
so it's not been heard before.
And I will sing a lullaby
to let you know I'm near you
through the night to keep you warm.

I will play a rhapsody
Cleverly disguise it
so it's not been heard before
And I will sing a lullaby
to let you know I"m near you
through the night to keep you warm.

I'll let you know I'm near you
through the night to keep you warm

I will play a rhapsody.

Very hot here. Is all of North America boiling? It's been like this for weeks. But at least it gives us stuff to think about lol (other than ....).

Signed onto messenger (yahoo and MS) for the first time in at least a year. Wow did I have messages, all from strangers, all of them male ;). Does this happen to you other ladies? There's nothing erotic in my profile or about my ids. Oh well. Guess that's how it goes...

Went to the gym to sign up again and found out that my membership doesn't expire until September. OK OK I'll start on Sunday. The parking lot was empty, it was so hot here. Even with the a/c on in the gym...

The roof guys called to arrange payment, and I asked them to get all the garbage (a roll of something about 6 inches in diameter, lots of metal stuff, broken tiles etc.) out of my back yard. Was going to do it myself but thought WTF ....and they will. Poor yard! Guess the roof is fine--looks like a roof to me, and it did before all the work started.

Was going to go to movies but decided not to. Too hot.
What does everyone else do when it's hot? Really hot?

Arranged a sort of blind date for coffee tomorrow aft. I am officially insane. But here goes. It's only coffee, made that very clear.

Well, off to make dinner or something. And have my head re-examined...Bridg

Friday, July 15, 2005

Fields of Gold

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!

Have no real idea why I'm so happy it's Friday today except that I just finished the equivalent of the Herculean task of cleaning out the Aegean stables. Yep Mr. B's project got done, an hour early. I didn't think it was possible to do at all in the time frame I had...YIPPEE!!

And he was polite/nice again today.

Hell has officially frozen over folks.

No further word on the chemistry test, but there is a rumor going around about me being brought into another job. According to everyone who works with this guy, he is Satan, however, I love that kind of work and he's a new kind of Satan. Have no idea what's going on really, it's only my life/income.

And the roofers are gone yippee the car can go into the garage again.

Annnd got some good jokes....

And no work for two days

And a new boss (maybe, I think Mr. B will keep me to himself to keep me from contaminating the new guy)..at least another focus of his attention anyway...

YAY YAY YAY.

Happy Freakin Friday everyone! May your weekend be merry and bright....and all your beeeerrsses be light (no I haven't had a drop to drink in weeks/months/who knows).

hugs, Bridg

The Comedy Bit

Believe it or not, that was actually a cut from a Jose Feliciano album (in the Stone Age before most of you were even inspirations...)....anyway, got the neatest selection of jokes in one e mail from Peter today. Here it is, completely unedited....enjoy Freakin' Friday!!

Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and values. Stu said, "I didn't sleep with my wife before we got married,Did you?"Leroy replied, "I'm not sure, What was her maiden name?"
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A little boy went up to his father and asked: "Dad, where did all of my intelligence come from?"The father replied. "Well son, you must have got it from your mother,cause I still have mine"
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Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully," the divorce CourtJudge said, "And I've decided to give your wife $775 a week," "That'svery fair, your honor," the husband said. "And every now and then I'lltry to send her a few bucks myself,"
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A doctor examined a woman, took the husband aside, and said, "I don't like the looks of your wife at all." "Me neither doc," said the husband. "But she's a great cook and really good with the kids." (ba DUM bum!)
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An old man goes to the Wizard to ask him if he can remove a curse he has been living with for the last 40 years.The Wizard says, "Maybe, but you will have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you.The old man says without hesitation, "I now pronounce you man and wife"
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It's A Matter of Priority
> > > At dawn the telephone rings. "Hello, Senor Smith? This is Ernesto the> caretaker at your country house."
> > "Ah yes, Ernesto. What can I do for you? "
> > "Um, I am just calling to advise you, sir, that your parrot died"
> > "My parrot? Dead? The one that won the International competition?"> > "Si, that's the one."
> > "Damn! That's a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did he> die from?"> >
"From eating rotten meat."
> > "Rotten meat? Who the hell fed him rotten meat?"
> > "Nobody senor. He ate the meat of one of the dead horses."
> > "Dead horse? What dead horse?"
> > "The thoroughbred, Seabiscuit Junior. He died from all that work pulling> the water cart."
> > "Are you insane? What water cart?
"> > "The one we used to put out the fire."
> > "Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?"
> > "The one at your house! A candle fell and the curtains caught on fire."
> > "What the.....!!! But there's electricity at the house!!!! What was the> candle for?"
> > "For the funeral."
> > "WHAT BLOODY FUNERAL?!"
> > "Your mother's ... she showed up one night out of the blue and I> thought she was a thief, so I hit her with your new Tiger Woods Nike> Driver."
> > "Ernie, you little shit, if you broke that driver I'm gonna be really> pissed."
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> > >Women are like Apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the
> > >tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good one's because they are
> > >afraid of falling and getting hurt. So instead, they just take the
> > >rotten apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy... The
> > >apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality,
> > >they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along.
> > >The one who's brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.
> > >> > >> > >Share this with women who are good apples, even those who have already
> > >been picked!
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THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:
1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.
SUCCESS:
At age 4 success is . . . not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . having friends.
At age 17 success is . . . having a drivers licence.
At age 35 success is . . . having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 70 success is . . . having a drivers licence.
At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . not piddling in your pants.
Take the time to live!!!
Life is too short.
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GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre,not the toy.

GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD
1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. (Bridg's slogan)
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4)You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
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Bridg

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Long Time Comin'

Long Time Comin Bruce Springsteen
courtesy of http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Long-Time-Comin

Out where the creek turn shallow and sandy
And the moon comes skimmin' away the stars
When the mesquite comes rushin' over the hilltops
Straight into my arms
Straight into my arms
I'm ridin' hard carryin' a cache of roses
A fresh map that I made
Now I'm gonna get birth naked and bury my old soul
And dance on it's graveAnd dance on it's grave
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here
Well my daddy he was just a stranger
Lived in a hotel downtown
Well when I was a kid he was just somebody
Somebody I'd see around
Somebody I'd see around
Well now down below and pullin' on my shirt
Yeah I got some kids of my own
Well if I had one wish for you in this god forsaken world, kid
It'd be that your mistakes will be your own
That your sins will be your own
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here
(Whoaaa)
Out 'neath the arms of Cassiopeia*
Where the sword of Orion sweeps
It's me and you, Rosie, cracklin' like crossed wires
And you breathin' in your sleep
And you breathin' in your sleep
Well there's just a spark of a campfire left burnin'
Two kids in a sleeping bag beside
Reach 'neath your shirt, put my hands across your belly and feel
Another one kickin' inside
And I ain't gonna fuck it up this time
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
(Whoaaa)

For Jer!

No great shakes today folks. A pal of mine was going to check out how I did on the 'chat'--he knows the man. I did hear from my pal e mail wise but no other word so what am I doing? Yep worrying my big butt off. Oh well it keeps me off the streets. S and Issy took a course today that lasted 7 hours. Both of them were bored to bits, poor babies. I'd rather do the junk I had to do. Another person in the course almost fell asleep.

Got a lot of Mr. B's stuff done but will have to work just as crazy hard as I did today to meet tomorrow's deadline. He seemed happy when I advised him of progress...new victim I mean director starts on Monday. Poor bastard. Marc warned him a bit..thank heavens. Not that I'm involved, I think I'm Mr. B's person now. Oh joy....but he's still being nice so who knows what's down the road (other than my leaving, that is)?

Roofers still here, allegedly finishing tomorrow. Yay. It isn't a good idea to do roofing in the extreme heat. Boo. Well condo cops, you wanted it, you got it.

Tee hee hee. This was a day for emails from dear buds I hadn't heard from in a while. Jer, Doris, Geo and Fatma. All on the same day. What are the odds? Has anything like that ever happened to you?

Think I'll go warm up more leftover pizza. Have been living on that for days. It's my version of comfort food....Hope that your world is bright, cool (or cooler than it's been here!), and peaceful. Still hot here after one heck of a storm last night....hugs all, Bridg

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Dancin (Laughin) In The Streets

Just got some cool jokes via e mail that I have to share with you all....

You don't have to own a cat to appreciate this one....
A couple was dressed and ready to go out for the evening. They turned ona night light, turned the answering machine on the phone line, coveredtheir pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard.

They phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi. The taxi arrivedand the couple opened the front door to leave their house. The cat they had put out into the yard scoots back into the house. They don't want the cat shut in the house because "she" always tries to eat the bird.

The wife goes out to the taxi whilethe husband goes inside to get the cat. The cat runs upstairs, the man inhot pursuit. The wife doesn't want the driver to know the house will be empty.She explains to the taxi driver that her husband will be out soon."He's just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother." A few minutes later, the husband gets into the cab..

"Sorry I took so long," he says, as they drive away. "Stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. Had to poke her with a coathanger to get her to come out! Then I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep herfrom scratching me. But it worked. I hauled her fat ass downstairs and threwher out into the back yard!" The cabdriver hit a parked car...
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Here is one for the ladies...
http://www.magnum7sins.com/theSun/ddate.html

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Have one for the guys but will have to post the pic separately...
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and here is some info (serious)
....A dear friend of mine (not Bridg's, a pal of Bridg's) just had a mild stroke about two weeks ago.
> > > > She had driven to the garage to have her car worked on.
> > > > She tried to talk to the mechanic and she could not speak.
> > > > She did not know anything was wrong until this happened.
> > > > They took her right to the hospital and she has since made a full recovery.

> > > >> > > > Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.
> > > > Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.
> > > > The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
> > > >> > > > Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking 3 simple questions:

> > > > 1. Ask the individual to smile.
> > > > 2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
> > > > 3. Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
> > > > Or ask the person to 'stick' out his/her tongue...

> > > > if their tongue is NOT 'straight' but goes off to one side> that is another indication of a stroke.
> > > >> > > > If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call the> ambulance immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the 3 questions.

> > > >> > > > They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke> Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.> > > >> > > > A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this email sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. Tell as many people as possible about this. It could save their lives!

Bridg

Halleluiah

HI guys! As you can tell from the title, it went great.

Only it wasn't an interview, it was a 'chemistry test'. To see if there was a good fit between the organization, the boss and me. There was! My background is unusual. Can't say what it is, but it's very unusual. And all of it is what this place needs. Even my salary wasn't a problem. It will take a while to sort things out, like October-November, because there are other people shifting around, but it was all positive. This is a good guy. Smart, ethical, gets things done and is good with people. I know his boss (a very big gun) and like him also.

So it might take a while, but looks good.

I'll keep looking just in case.

But all of the folks that this man knows like me (OK a lot of people like me. Just Mr. B doesn't). Which is all good.

So I didn't have to do all that studying but I'm very glad that I did.

M is also sounding better, he has a meeting scheduled at the place he expected to go to in two weeks. I know they'll offer him something (OK I think I know) because he's good.

All together now: W.H.E.W!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The get together that I had turned out to be over lunch. I went to get some money just in case I wound up paying, and the ATM card wouldn't work. I was furious, and only had half an hour to get to the place to meet my lunchee. After lunch (2:00), went and got it straightened out. The bank had forgotten to remove the 'don't let Bridg's card work" message that it put on on Monday. Brilliant. What if I'd tried to pay with that damn card in a restaurant? During the chemistry test?

Grrrrr.

Anyhow, I'm celebrating with pizza. Join me?

Thanks for all your patience, good cheer and support. It isn't over yet, but it sure looks and feels a lot better than it did before.....Bridg

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I'm Alright

Yea Kenny Loggins and such a fibber I am!

First off, an apology. Am stuck in this nested-do loop (endless cycle) of job, worry, Mr. B crap. Feel like something hypnotized by a cobra. The worst part is KNOWING that you're doing something wrong and not changing it. It's hard to focus out when there's so much going on inside. But this is going to end, soon I hope. Then I'll be back to the usual smartassery. . . . .

And now for something sort of familiar...

Asked Mr. B to take this aft and tomorrow a.m. off to study for interview. He agreed (VERY nice of him to do that!), so here I am. It's 5:00 and I just finished going through all the paperwork I have for the billionth time (all 4 inches of it). Am certain I'll forget it all by tomorrow.....oh well! Never said I was smart!

Did some of Mr. B's work, and (I) made some changes I think were unfortunate but easily fixed. Then realized by noon that all that was on my mind was the interview.

The roofers came 5 minutes before I was ready to leave the house today. The head of the team is a real smart alek (and cute and personable). I like him! The roof guys stopped working at 2:30, it was just too hot for them to be on the rooves (neighbors are getting theirs done also).

It was so hot that at work this a.m. I left my car keys for the lot attendant so that he could sit in the car with the a/c going. He was disappointed when I left at noon (but it was a surprise to me also). Hope he was OK this aft.

Talked to M also. His interview today was postponed because the man he was going to see had to go to the hospital. He'd hurt his knee pretty badly and he was in pain. Next week the man's on vacation, so it'll be the week after that. M is very down. I understand fully and wish I could inject some 'upness' into him. Hope he'll be OK. He was working outside (in this ridiculous heat) building a gazebo. I left a message that said if he WAS doing that, he was NUTS. His wife killed herself laughing at it. I think she agreed with me.

May have some other job possibilities coming up. I have an appointment on Thursday but the woman I have it with gave me very bad 'vibes'. Really bad. Think I'll be sick for that one. Hope I'm not wrong about this. I don't get these feelings very often, but every time I have and ignored them, I get into a big mess. This time I'm listening.

It's great to have Pauly back! Big grin, relaxed looking...he looks fine! S is OK too, as is Issy. My they are a fine bunch of folks, they really are. Love each and every one of them.

Mom is doing fine, except for the heat. I hope whoever invented a/c is in heaven. She has it at home, thank heavens. I think that the older folks are particularly vulnerable to extremes in temperature. HOpe that the rest of you are doing OK..what with heatwaves, hurricanes and all. Has this been a weather year or what???

Meanwhile, our four footed masters are relaxing at home while we work. Then we come home, feed them first and clean up their poop. And pet them. And play with them.

If there's reincarnation, I definitely want to be my cat next time around.

OK off to make dinner...have a great evening world. Please cross your fingers for me!

Bridg (the nervous)

Monday, July 11, 2005

Sanctify Yourself

Hi world and no, the interview wasn't today after all. It's Wednesday.

Argh. I am dying by inches but it'll be OK. Wanted to study tonight but instead fell asleep. Tomorrow have a bunch to do including a meeting of the gang with Mr. B. And more cramming if I can get anything into my brain. It's very hard to study under stressful conditions (like at work).

Mr. B was acting more like himself today. We were supposed to meet with some folks on a project that was cancelled (as far as we were concerned, the folks decided to do it themselves. This will get them into LOADS of trouble, but...their choice. These guys were very upset about M not being there). I updated him on it, and asked if I had to be there. He acted as if I wasn't supposed to be there in the first place (although he asked me originally to be there). Ahhh. Back to normal. At least I didn't get yelled at.

Did a bit of studying in the a.m. before finding out that the interview/coffee is Wednesday. Am very very nervous now. Then since I have a 'this week' deadline for Mr. B, did his stuff all day.

First off, had to go get another ATM card. That was flippin' inconvenient. Third time in two months, and I am using only 3 ATM places, all of which I've used for years with no problems. Driving me a little nuts.

Temp was 1o5 today, Farenheight. VERY darn hot. At 9:30 this morning it felt like most afternoons do. Very glad I didn't have to go out later in the day for an interview. Mom stayed in today, which was darn smart of her.

Also heard from a very big shot who I"d called re a job. He gave me some very good leads, bless his soul. M, Pauly and I are doing coffee tomorrow. Am very worried about it...am sure that Mr. B would explode if he knew. Here we go again (back to normal). M's interview is tomorrow.

Please keep your fingers crossed for us job searchers, including Zombieslayer...hugs, Bridg

Sunday, July 10, 2005

I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight

I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Courtesy of:
http://www.lyricsondemand.com/a/atlantarhythmsectionlyrics/imnotgonnaletitbothermetonightlyrics.html

I picked up the paper this morning
And read all the daily blues
The world is one big tragedy
I wonder what I can do
About all the pain and injustice
About all of the sorrow
We're living in a danger zone
The world could end tomorrow
But I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
Tomorrow I might go as far as suicide (Bridg says not really!)
But I won't let it bother me tonight
Life on the street is a jungle
A struggle to keep up the pace
I just can't beat that old dog eat dog
The rats keep winnin the rat race
But I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
The world is in an uproar and I see no end in sight
But I won't let it bother me tonight
I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
Tomorrow I might go as far as suicide
But I won't let it bother me tonight
Lord, Lord, Lord
We got nothing but trouble
I've done all I can do today
So bartender pour me a double, right now
But I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
The world is in an uproar and I see no end in sight
But I won't let it bother me tonight
I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
No I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight
Tomorrow I might go as far as suicide
But I will not let it bother me tonight

Thanks tshsmom for pointing out this song. Not only is it a stress reliever, it is eerily pertinent to the events in London.

Wow.

Bridg

Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes. Ace of Base, courtesy of http://www.lyricsdepot.com/ace-of-base/angel-eyes.html
I know that I'm not the first one
You have love in your path before me
But when your lips touched my lips
it felt like I was kissing destiny
Angel eyes with your angel eyes
Will you always be there to hold me
Angel eyes I'm satisfied
I don't want to hear your story
'Cause I can see the thingsI really want to see
I'm in love
I believe in what I'm feeling
I'd give everything up just for you
Love is devoted to those who see
that the last dance, you dance with the truth
Angel eyes with your angel eyes
Will you always be there to hold me
Angel eyes I'm satisfied
I don't want to hear your story
'Cause I can see the thingsI really want to see
In your eyes
Angel eyes just want you here to hold me
Angel eyes...

Don't know why that song's in my head today.

Anywho world, am cramming like mad for my sort of interview tomorrow which I'll have to fit in around getting another bank card because I only have $27 to my name and no credit card (cancelled my account). Argh.

So here are three of the worst jokes I"ve ever heard. One was contributed by someone whose identity I'll protect. The other one was sent to me by another pal...

What's the difference between roast beef and pea soup?> > Anyone can roast beef.> >

Why don't blind people skydive?> > Because it scares the dog.> >

A family of moles were tunneling through the dirt when suddenly Papa Mole stopped. "Where are we?" Papa Mole asked. "Let's dig to the top and sniff around to see" said Mama Mole. So, Papa Mole and Mama Mole dug to the surface, sniffed about and came back down while Baby Mole stayed in the tunnel. Papa Mole said "I don't know, but it smelled like maple syrup up there." "It smelled more like blueberry syrup to me," said Mama Mole. Then Baby Mole spoke up. "All I smelled was molasses"

sorry world...too bad not to share.

Bridg

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Forever and For Always

"Forever And For Always" courtesy of http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/shaniatwain/foreverandforalways.html
In your arms I can still feel the wayyouwant me
when you hold me I can still hear the words you whispered
when you told meI can stay right here forever in your arms
And there ain't no way--
I'm lettin' you go now
And there ain't no way--
and there ain't not how
I'll never see that day....
[Chorus:]
'Cause I'm keeping youforever and for always
We will be together all of our day
Wanna wake up everymorning to your sweet face--always
Mmmm, baby
In your heart--I can still hear a beat for every time you kiss me
And when we're apart,I know how much you miss me
I can feel your love for me in your heart
And there ain't no way--I'm lettin' you go now
And there ain't now way--and there ain't no how
I'll never see that day....

[Repeat Chorus]
(I wanna wake up every morning)
In your eyes--
(I can still seethe look of the one)
I can still seethe look of the one who really loves me
(I can still feel the way that you want)
The one who wouldn't put anythingelse in the world above me
(I can still see love for me)
I canstill see love for me in your eyes
(I still see the love)
And there ain't no way--I'm lettin' you go now
And there ain't no way--and there ain't no how
I'll never see that day....

[Repeat Chorus (2x)]
I'm keeping you forever and for always
I'm in your arms

Neat song huh world? How goes it?
Had a typically very lazy day here. Watched the rain (thank You God, now I don't have to garden). Read the newspaper with the Most Spoiled Cat in the Universe (after she'd been fed, I do value my life) luxuriating in the quiet and calm, unhurried air, punctuated only by her purring. For a while after my divorce I'd do anything to avoid quiet times like these. Now I need them to regain my inner peace.

And then when and blew that peace all off to go see War of the Worlds. I agree with Zombie slayer....it's DEFINITELY a go-see. It gets 10 out of 10 potatoes from me. Dakota Fanning plays the most annoying child I've ever seen in a movie, be warned. Great show. Tom Cruise doesn't act like Tom Cruise in it, which is great.

Studied some for my maybe interview on Monday and found out (at the movies) that my ATM card has been frozen AGAIN. Luckily I had cash, but am glad I didn't find that out on Monday over lunch. So now i have to run and get yet another banking card in the A.m. and hope that the guy I'm meeting with doesn't schedule something prior to 10:00. I've only used that card in 3 places. Grrr. Oh I forgot to explain, they freeze transactions on your account if they think someone's gotten your number.

Oh well the movie more than made up for it. Mom's doing fine. Finally got a walker, something she's needed for a year. Yay.

Am rapidly getting very sleepy. Will update tomorrow, probably in a mad panic!

Night, world!

Bridg

Friday, July 08, 2005

You Are My Kind

Courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/santana/121589.html, for those who need it. This is a duet of Carlos and Seal:

Stay with me baby
And that’s all I ask of you
And I know that someday
You won’t remember
The way that this moment feels to you
Don’t let it go
Don’t turn your back on what you think you know
You never know, you know
Don’t leave it alone
Cause I need you
to cling to

Chorus:
Cause you are my kind
You’re all that I want
Here in this life
Until we are gone
Our breath and our skin
Our hearts and our minds
They’re one and the same
You are my kind

Well call on me baby
If you should ever need someone
To help get your head straight
I’ll be your resident all night
Sure am glad
just having you around
Well all that I know
When you find love
you never let it go
You never know, you know
Without you I’m lost
I get scatteredI’m shattered

Chorus:
Cause you are my kind
You’re all that I want
Here in this life
Until we are gone
Our breath and our skin
Our hearts and our minds
They’re one and the same
Cause you are my kind

We’re one and the same
You are my kind
Don’t let it go
Don’t turn your back on what you think you know
You never know, you know
Don’t leave it alone
Cause I need you to cling to

Chorus:
Cause you are my kind
You’re all that I want
Here in this life
Until we are gone
Our breath and our skin
Our hearts and our minds
They’re one and the same
Cause you are my kind

Bridge
I love and our life
My heart and my soul
Need you tonight
Your love makes me whole
And it’s all I can stand
Until you come home
I need you tonight
Cause you are my kind
I need you tonight
Cause you are my kind
Oh, oh, oh ,oh you are my kind
Oh, oh, oh ,oh you are my kind

So Into You

Hey Gang, how goes it?

OK this is how many days in a row that Mr. B was nice. Weeeeird. He even found a possible job in the fall, which I sent my cv and phoned about asap. Can't get outa here fast enough. The woman I spoke with was very nice and encouraging. Said that the system is crying out for people with my background and that I should have my choice of jobs once the big shots get staffed. What a great person! And such a nice reassuring thing to say on a Friday, when most folks like me have just had enough and only want to get going out the door. Thank you!

M and I didn't lunch (my idea) since he really needs to talk with someone else who's away till next week. Had so much to do that I worked through most of my lunch anyway.

Saw one dinosaur who used to work with us in the cafeteria. When he saw me, he HID! It was really funny, he put up his arm and tried to hide his face. I grinned and ran up to him, made a big fuss over him. The man he was with is a friend of mine and he laughed his head off. The Dinosaur was in to see Mr. B. I was in Mr. B's office when the meeting was arranged by his admin assistant. M and I hope that Mr. B does re-hire the Dinosaur. Heh heh heh.

Dino used to go into people's desks and computers, including the boss', take reports and stuff from them, and in my case, he'd stand at his cube wall and evesdrop on phone calls or watch me type. This would go on for hours. Everyone said something about it to me. He has a grey afro (messy), walks like a dog with a 'hangdog' expression (hunched over, head hung low), looking from side to side, usually with a pen sticking out of his mouth. Pants 2 sizes too big, ditto jacket which never matches and neither of which have been dry cleaned since the early 80s. Deletes files from the common drive at work (in other words, erases your work). Would spend the day either watching me or wandering from office to office all over our 21 floor building. Very creepy. Oh yah, he'd get on the phone and yell at his wife a lot. He speaks very loudly...it's impossible to have a phone conversation while he's on the phone with his wife (in cube-ville). He left our place a few years ago, said he was bored, but the place he went to is the ultimate in security. They have probably curtailed his wandering/stealing penchant. Idiot. NEVER did any work, and the rare times he did, the work stunk.

This was a day from the alternate universe. I even got a compliment from Mr. B.

*shaking head* Raven you were right. He oughta get a personality and stick with it.

S seemed alright today, he always does....but he seemed a bit distracted when he left for the day and I'm worried. OK I'm being a mom.

Am spending the weekend relaxing and studying for my maybe sorta interview on Monday. M's is on Tuesday somewhere else. And now this other possibility came up and I do have other irons in the fire. Keep your fingers crossed folks.

At least today I found out that I'm not expected to have something right now this minute. And it isn't as hostile as it's been where I am now.

This may have a half life of ten seconds but whatever. Since I"m leaving sooner or later, don't really care.

Life at home is OK but quiet. Do intend to at least start walking. Otherwise...hmmm oh yah the roof stuff is supposed to start Monday. Yippee $3200.

I am in the wrong biz.

And how are your worlds? Are the monsters quiet? Anyone else going to the movies this weekend, and if so, which ones?

Red in case you're reading this, I can't post comments on your site. It freezes my machine....

Night all. Hope your day was great and tomorrow is a trip to the zoo (a good one, I mean lol)!

Love, Bridg

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Last Night Of the World

ARTIST: Bruce Cockburn
TITLE: Last Night of the World
courtesy of http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/lastnigh.htm

I'm sipping Flor de Caña and lime juice, it's three a.m.
Blow a fruit fly off the rim of my glass
The radio's playing Superchunk and the friends of Dean Martinez

Midnight, it was bike tires whacking the pot holes
Milling humans' shivering energy glow
Fusing the space between them with bar-throb bass and laughter

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you

I learned as a child not to trust in my body
I've carried that burden through my life
But there's a day when we all have to be pried loose

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you

I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless
And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all
That was the straw that broke me open

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you

Dontcha love that song world? I do.

If it was the last night of the world, who would you spend it with? Why?
Me, it would be with Jer, the guy who introduced me to B. Cockburn's music, and who's been a true blue pal for over 30 years. And my family of course including the four footed members.

Wanted to express my feelings to our London England bros and sisses but for once words fail. Can't believe this kind of *stuff* for lack of a better word is going on.

On to far more banal things...............
Had the meeting with Mr. B. He was NICE. This is driving me crazy. I wish he'd stick to a mood/personality. He gave me a specific task to do, not what I was afraid of but the deadline is insane. I just said OK.

It doesn't change my plans or views. I'm outa here.

He said that we have a new director (M's replacement) and that he's a laid back guy. OH RIGHT. THIS guy is hiring a laid back guy? Look out for flying pigs, guys.

Oh well, on the sane side, had lunch with Marc (Marcus) and S. Can you believe it? TWO great human beings at one time. Wow. I'm still on a high just from being with nice, funny (not to mention gorgeous but that's irrelevant) guys. Had incredible physical difficulties walking back to work and am now VERY concerned about whatever the hell is going on inside of me.

No more cheese or ice cream. There is obviously some serious muscle building up/plaque tearing down to be done. This was scary.

S and I decided to have mantras. Marcus is getting into the act but he said that the mantras have to be from songs or movies. So there goes my "I'm outa here" mantra (OK it's in a Shania Twain song but that doesn't count). Bet there's something good in Johnnie Dangerously!

Had another e mail war going on today. Man these guys are funny. I sure am going to miss them. Just like having more brothers and sisters.

Nothing much new in this corner of the world. I gave up trying to study at work for my sort of interview on Monday. Will do that at night. It's hard to study under stress. Besides now that I have an impossible deadline, there ain't no way I can study at work. Oh yah got interviewed by the ISO auditor. He was nice.

Yah know, what made it hard for me physically today might not have been what I've been eating lately.

It was probably the shock of Mr. B being nice.

I still can't get over that.

*shaking my head*

Have a great night, y'all!!!
Bridg

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Money For Nothing

Doncha just love that song? Hey world, glad we're all here at the party (of life)

It was GORGEOUS here today. In the mid 20s, breezy, clear as a bell blue sky. Wow. Nevertheless, went into work. Oh yah they played back to back NCIS episodes last night too. Heaven!

My office is so clean it's empty. Got rid of all my personal stuff except the calendar/kleenex. All the files that needed to go to archives are gone. Even the DRAWERS have been cleaned out. I'm so happy that I won't be there forever.

No I have not found a job yet. Do have something that might turn into something but won't know for a while. Also someone checked out my references. Said that he didn't have anything but only hangs onto resumes that he knows are good and he was interested in mine. It was in an area I"d never thought of before. Sooo ya never know. Also got a note from a very senior consultant, who had done some talking about me to others, bless his heart.

Also heard a rumor that I'm going to be asked to do work (the stuff Mr. B DIDN'T want my filthy presence contaminating? THAT!) in the highest priority, most heavy workload area we have. I have a meeting tomorrow with him almost first thing.

Sure hope he doesn't ask. I dunwanna. At all. Mentally I left there weeks ago, and could not care less what happens except to my buddies. That's odd for me because I care a lot about my work. But not nowwwwwwwwww. Will be happy to advise. It's nice that Mr. B has let me search for work full time, but now that I'm doing that, it'd bring all to a stop if he gets me into actual work. Especially THAT file. It's a full time job for 2 people. That's what M and I were doing.

On the plus side, am having lunch with Marcus tomorrow, who, like S is gorgeous, has a great sense of humor, is smart (and married). But he's great company. And lunch with M is on for Friday. I think. Unless he gets stuck digging holes again.

Can't wait to leave, can't wait to leave, can't wait to leave. Is that bitchy? Well, don't mean it that way. Just feel happy.

S and Issy have been wonderful lifesavers. I can't count the number of times they wind up in my office. Today all of us got into an e mail war. It was hilarious and went on for about half an hour. It's become a normal thing. Actually Mr. B is sort of being nice. He spent most of our staff meeting talking to/at me. It was weird. M did that, but heck we were together 80% of the time. Dunno why Mr. B was acting like that. He is probably overwhelmed with work...like M and I were.

Mom's cat is fine even though he isn't eating much. The vet gave my mother some appetite stimulants for him. Got to tease Bigger Bro today (Wednesdays are the days he spends with her) about 'Mom always liked me best' on the phone. It was GREAT.

Will catch up on all of your blogs later tonight or tomorrow. I've been studying for interviews and my brain is fried.

Love ya all tho, hope you know that!

Bridg

Monday, July 04, 2005

Walk of Life

WOW what a concert! Mark Knopfler and crew were fabulous. The crowd was fabulous. Our seats (HOLY CROW Jer What you PAID YIKES!) were absolutely the best. The light show was fantastic. He played old stuff, new stuff, all of it wonderful. 2.5 hours straight without a break and I don't know how many standing ovations. The crowd's energy was amazing and MK is just one of the coolest guys around.

Still buzzed from it. Thanks isn't a strong enough word, Jer, but thanks.

Now onto more boring stuff.

Work was work. Got an inspiration on how to do a 'minor' Mr. B task and got it done quickly. Made more contacts, one very depressing, some good. And have a meeting next week with a front runner (yea yea yea oh pleeeeeze let this one happen). Was supposed to go for beer with M after work, but by 6:10 he hadn't shown, hadn't phoned and I leave work at 4:30 these days (having a lighter workload and all). His mother in law broke her hip recently, something could have happened with that. He could have forgotten, who knows. I did wait what felt like forever, and wasn't feeling great physically in the first place. No messages left at home. So I feel left high and dry.

Issy painted a picture for me! She brought it in and it's lovely (a parrot). Can't wait to hang it. She even signed it!! Of course I paid her for it....

S was his usual wonderful self, and the contractor-retired guy was too. Thank heavens.

How was your weekend, world? Still hanging in there?

I'm off to eat, am starving....Bridg

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Baby I'm A Want You

Le't's hear it for Bread!

Nothing much going on today....had to take sleeping pills to sleep because of big nap yesterday. Cat woke me up in time to get dressed and get hair done by pal Brenda, the world's most awesome person and hairdresser. Then home to get lunch (at 3:30) and read. And sleep so it turns out.

Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe demanded a few hours later to be fed, then get her litter changed. And this turkey (me) of course complies immediately.

Either I am very easily bossed, or this cat is running my life. I suspect the latter is going on.

Going to see Mark Knopler (sp??) with Jer. Will blog about it in a day or two. No walking, OK Jer???? LOL.

Mom had a bad dizzy spell while grocery shopping. Of course she hadn't been eating, took a long time shopping (she wears ME out) and it was hot. Naturally she didn't put her cell phone in her purse so she couldn't call any of us. A wonderful angel stranger (woman) took her home but it scares the living daylights out of me. Bigger Bro went over to her house later on (when he got home) and made her eat while he was there, and teased her about none of us having ESP so she'll have to bring the @#$& cell with her. I've said that before, put the cell in her purse but she keeps taking it out. It's as if she WANTS bad stuff to happen (pulling my hair out by the roots). Now that B Bro has said it, I think she'll do it. She tends to listen more to men.

ARRRGGGHH does anyone else out there have these kinds of issues? How do you handle it? I love her to bits...guess it is very hard to become dependent on others when you're independent.

Know what the Who said about dying before you get old? Yah well......

Stop that Bridg. Behave.

Have a wonderful evening, all. Sleep tight, good dreams....wake up smiling, eh? Gotta go catch the end of Gone With The Wind....

Bridg