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.

Friday, September 30, 2005

From Raven's Log (http://ravenslog.blogspot.com/)

Thanks Raven! This is cool....sort of humiliating too but definitely cool....
Courtesy of http://www.paulsadowski.com/birthday.asp

You entered: 3/8/1952
Your date of conception was on or about 16 June 1951.
You were born on a Saturdayunder the astrological sign Pisces.
Your Life path number is 1.
The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2434079.5.
The golden number for 1952 is 15.
The epact number for 1952 is 3.

The year 1952 was a leap year.
As of 9/30/2005 10:50:26 PM CDTYou are 53 years old.
You are 642 months old.
You are 2,795 weeks old.
You are 19,564 days old.
You are 469,558 hours old.
You are 28,173,530 minutes old.
You are 1,690,411,826 seconds old.

There are 159 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 54 candles on it.

Those 54 candles produce 54 BTU's,or 13,608 calories of heat (that's only 13.6080 food Calories!) .
You can boil 6.17 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1952 there were approximately 3.6 million births in the US.

In 1952 the US population was approximately 150,697,361 people, 50.7 persons per square mile.
In 1952 in the US there were approximately 1,667,231 marriages (11.1%) and 385,144 divorces (2.6%)

In 1952 in the US there were approximately 1,452,000 deaths (9.6 per 1000)

Your birthstone is Aquamarine

The Mystical properties of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is often used to experience love and mercy.
It is said to help ease depression and grief.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Jade, Rock Crystal

Your birth tree is Weeping Willow, the Melancholy
Beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

There are 86 days till Christmas 2005!

The moon's phase on the day you wereborn was waxing gibbous.


from: http://www.astrology-numerology.com/num-lifepath.html#1
1
The Life Path 1 drive in this life is characterized by individualist desires, independence, and the need for personal attainment. The purpose to be fulfilled on this Life Path is that of becoming independent. This is a two part learning process; first, you must learn to stand on your own two feet and learn not to depend on others. After you are indeed free and independent, you must learn to be a leader. Many of our Generals, corporate leaders, and political leaders are men and women having the Life Path number 1. (Great. Think Hitler, Eisenhower, Rommel, Alex. The Great...WONDERFUL. Is sarcasm part of 1?).

The 1 always has the potential for greatness as a leader, but they may fail as a follower. (Oh yah that's true) Many 1's spend most of their lives shaking off their dependent side. When this happens, there is little time left for enjoying the rewards to be gained through independence. The individual with Life Path 1 has to overcome an environment in which it is very easy to be dependent, and difficult to be independent.

A person with positive 1 traits abounds in creative inspiration, and possesses the enthusiasm and drive to accomplish a great deal. Your drive and potential for action comes directly from the enormous depth of strength you have. This is both the physical and inner varieties of strength. With this strength comes utter determination and the capability to lead. As a natural leader you have a flair for taking charge of any situation. Highly original, you may have talents as an inventor or innovator of some sort. (well I write smart-ass songs. Does that count?). In any work that you choose, your independent attitude can show through. You have very strong personal needs and desires, and you feel it is always necessary to follow your own convictions. (oh yes). You are ambitious, (no no no) and either understand or must learn the need for aggressive action to promote yourself. (never did, never will). Although you may hide the fact for social reasons, you are highly self-centered and demand to have your way in most circumstances. (maybe on the first part, definitely not on the second).

When the 1 Life Path person is not fully developed and expressing the negative side of this number, the demeanor may appear very dependent rather than independent. (opposite of Bridg) If you are expressing this negative trait of the number 1, you are likely to be very dissatisfied with your circumstances, and long for self-sufficiency. This is defined as the weak or dependent side of the negative 1 Life Path. On the strong side of this negative curve, the 1 energy can become too self-serving, selfish and egotistical. Over-confidence and impatience mark this individual. (at one point true, not now that's for sure)

Well, definitely wasn't a weak 1 today! Not sure was a positive 1 either, lol.

Bridg

Still The One

Hi folks/world!

Did I ever mention how much I love you guys too?

Came home today feeling VERY discouraged and inadequate. Read some of the work that others, now gone, had done in this group (in the new job) and it is light years ahead of anything ever done in my old group. OK it could have been done with/by consultants and doubtlessly was planned carefully and with some excellent senior minds, but still ...I came here with a whole lot of very strong publicity (I mean really good references) and hope I'm up to the task. Plus no one seems to know where our funds are or if we have any (and I don't want to call the lady I'm acting for, she needs the rest at home)..formalized work plans apparently weren't done..am presenting material I know nothing about on Thursday to all the big shots in this organization and this kind of thing has never been done by the group before...so I"m winging it.. a lot. Not used to it (after 14 years things tend to take on a pattern or two. That's good and bad). The only person with a lot of expertise has been here six months and hasn't done a study yet (just finished some off that others started). When M joined us he had me and Charles (29 years) to lean on...so I'm feeling a lot in left field.

On the other hand the group is quite young, very enthusiastic and smart--and nice. One of them left another group to join us and made it VERY clear that she wants to work with ME (wow!). All of them have masters' degrees, including the admin support person. That makes me the least academically qualified person in the group! My (late) mentor, a wonderful guy named Ron, didn't have a degree but is still quite famous in this field. So I guess the degree thing isn't so bad. Maybe it's just been a long hard and fast week? I don't want to let these guys down. They're just too good, have too much potential. Plus the work has huge and quick impacts. That''s the bottom line.

Anyway, came home today feeling inadequate and apprehensive. Then started reading all of your comments over the past few days and perked right up. Thanks so much, you are wonderful! Over the years, have found that you can do wonders if you think you can. There's this saying attributed to Lincoln (I think)--whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right.

OK I can.

Just stick with me, OK?

Mom's doing just great. The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe is very happy (she loves weekends). Leg is much better. Decided that the shopping I didn't do last weekend HAS to get done this weekend (I.love.shopping), and actually got to sleep last night without meds for the first time since ....geez at least April. It's fall, the weather's fantastic.

Plus if these guys picked me, something must be going right.

Thanks for hanging in there guys. It means much more to me than I'll ever be able to express.

Love y'all to bits!

Bridg

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Mr. Sandman

Hola world, sorry I've been sort of brief and in and out of here.

Am exhausted. This learning a new job is not for us senior citizens (well almost sc's). Have been coming home, falling asleep, waking up around 11:00, then take sleep meds (??) and go to sleep. Hard to wake up in the a.m.

So tonight am flying solo. No sleeping meds. It's almost midnight.

The job involves all of my past experiences (that's three careers, all fairly successful) at the same time. Plus care and sort of feeding staff, which I used to suck at. So far so good. These kids are great and I really like them a lot. They are doing great stuff. It feels like parenting, not that I've ever done parenting, but what I think it would feel like.

It looks like there is a lot of small p politics going on because the group I"m in is being re-engineered from the inside and outside at almost the same time. Don't really care where I wind up, because the work's all good. Am staying the - - - - out of the politics, so am getting really good at that wide-eyed innocent sort of look (laughing! It's true!!). Used to love making smart-ass comments to get people to laugh. Don't think that way right now. Geez did M 'gentle' me down? Think so...

Working with M taught me a lot of skills needed here. I'm so very grateful for that. A psychic told me that this would happen, i.e. that M and I wouldn't be a romantic couple, but that he was going to be my teacher and that I'd need all I'm going to learn from him. Well, shoot if that isn't the way it is now!! This new job/place is like a candy shop in terms of work to be done. Am very glad to be here, and the results of what I/we do are immediately seen (i.e. it's real world work)--it 'matters'.

Hope M finds something really really good and soon. Hope S, Issy, Pauly (MWAH!) and Marc are happy and safe.

Hope YOU, world, are safe, dry and warm.

hugs to all, Bridg (going off to sleep again)

Laughing

Telemarketers -
One for the books!
7-25-05

The phone rang as I was sitting down to my anticipated evening meal, and as I answered it I was greeted with " Is this Wilhiam Wagenhoss?" -- not sounding anything like my name, so I said "Who is calling?" The telemarketer said he was with The Rubber Band Powered Freezer Company or something like that and then I asked him if he knew Wilhiam personally and why was he calling this number.

I then said off to the side, "Get really good pictures of the body and all the blood," then turned back to the phone and advised the caller that he had entered a murder scene and must stay on the line because we had already traced this call and he would be receiving a summons to appear in the local courthouse to testify in this murder case.

I then questioned the caller at great length as to his name, address, phone number at home, at work, who he worked for, how he knew the dead guy and could he prove where he had been about one hour before he made this call. The telemarketer was getting very concerned and his answers were given in a shaky voice. I then told him we had located his position at his work place and the police were entering the building to take him into custody.

At that point I heard the phone fall and the scurrying of his running away.

My wife asked me as I returned to our table why I had tears streaming down my face and so help me, I couldn't tell her for about fifteen minutes.

My meal was cold, but after what I had pulled, very enjoyable!

******************************************
Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes
by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed."
"OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"

His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as
the President sits, head in hands.

Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"
****************************************

Tiger & Stevie
Stevie Wonder and Tiger Woods are in a bar. Woods turns to Wonder and says, How's the singing career going?"

Stevie Wonder replies, "Not too bad. How's the golf?"
Woods replies, "Not too bad, I've had some problems with my swing, but I think I've got that going right now."Stevie says, "I always find that when my swing goes wrong, I need to stop playing for a while and not think about it. Then, the next time I play, it seems to be all right."

Tiger says, "You play golf?" Wonder says, "Oh, yes, I've been playing for years." Woods says, "But you're blind! How can you play golf if you can't see?"Wonder replies, "I get my caddy to stand in the middle of the fairway and call to me. I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball toward him. Then, when I get to where the ball lands, the caddy moves to the green or farther down the fairway and again I play the ball toward his voice.""But how do you putt?" asks Woods.

"Well," says Stevie, "I get my caddy to lean down in front of the hole and call to me with his head on the ground, and I just play the ball toward his voice."

Woods asks, "What's your handicap?" Stevie says, "Well, I'm a scratch golfer."

Woods, incredulous, says to Stevie, "We've got to play a round sometime."

Wonder replies, "Well, people don't take me seriously, so I only play for money, and never play for less than $10,000 a hole."
Woods thinks about it and says, "OK, I'm game for that, when would you like to play?"

Stevie says, "Pick a night."

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Forever Young

That's a song of Rod Stewart's that my late great (I do mean GREAT) cat Pokey used to love. I"d sing it to her and she'd wave her tail and purr, looking up at me. MAN that cat was a sweetheart! Smokes is too but Pokey really had a huge piece of my heart. I miss her so much.

Hola all you folks out there!!! Spent most of after work hours tonight with my boss' exec assistant. We've had such similar lives, and eerily similar events in them....we went out to dinner and it turned into hours and hours of yaking. Just got home at 11:30. It is great to connect with someone, isn't it? New friends? Geez and it was only MOnday that I was missing Pauly and S and Marc and Issy (well I still do, REALLY A LOT) but making new pals kind of makes up for not seeing my old buddies every day.

No we weren't drinking. Just talking.

I noticed to day that I"m now the 'go to' girl. I am to make things better, and I believe that I can. However, the leadership in the area where I'm now working (the latest thing to fix) overlaps with two other person's areas. And all of us found out at the same meeting today, at which the lead person didn't show up until the wrap-up. hmmmm. Also had a person leave one of the two groups involved specifically to work with me. WOW!!!

I know how things like this work. I will be the go to girl until either (a) I screw up something or (b) enough time passes that I"m no longer golden but one of the gang. I"m not saying this out of meaness, have just seen it before. Where one person is expected to save a whole bunch of things, usually all at once. That phase doesn't last long. I"m in the good part now but know that it ain't forever, and that's cool, it is just how things work in some places. And since ALL of us have expertise, and none of us are particularly territorial, it's OK. I'll do whatever I'm asked to do, no prob. And if others have done work in the area (as I found out today), and want to help, very cool. Lou took me out to explain all this and was relieved that I'd figured it out. It was kind of interesting....I was in a meeting with New (big) Boss, also there were two other folks my level, and each of them thought that the work I was doing was their thing. I just shut up and took notes from everyone.

Think it went OK but could feel tension building. Not on my part, and I did 0 to contribute to it too. Can you believe, it world, I am learning to shut up and listen.

Who'd a thunk it?

Anyway have to be short tonight, am very tired. Will visit your blogs tomorrow....hugs, Bridg

Laughter In The Rain

Normally I'm not a fan of this singer/songwriter (Neil Sedaka) but well the title fits!

Some comedy....

Blame PetertheT for this one

BE SURE YOU LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS AT HOME

A Niagara man was found dead in his home over the weekend.

Detectives at the scene found the man face down in his bathtub.
The tub had been filled with milk, sugar and cornflakes.

A banana was sticking out of his ass.


Police suspect a cereal killer.

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Thanks Vic, this one is gonna provoke a few comments.....
A New Brunswicker, a Quebecer, and a Newfie were walking down the road
together and they bumped into a lantern with a genie inside. Out pops the
genie and he says, "I will grant you one wish each. Who wants to go first?"
The New Brunswicker says, "Me, I want to go first." So the genie replies,
"Ok, what is your wish?"
The New Brunswicker said, "My wish is to have a 2-lane highway across New
Brunswick, smooth as a baby's arse!"
The genie said, "Poof! There you go. A highway as smooth as a baby's arse!"
The Quebecer pipes up and says, "Well I am going next! Genie, I want a
20-foot wall around the border of Quebec to keep all the damn Englishmen
out!"
Genie, "Poof! There's your 20-foot wall.
Now Newfie, it is your turn. What do you want?"
The Newfie looks at the genie and asks, "Genie, is that wall you just put
around Quebec waterproof?"
Genie, "Yep!"
Newfie, "Filler up!"

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Everybody, Everybody

Don't you just love/like Black Box? Wonder what happened to them?

How are you world? Hope your day was as easy and nice as mine. Spent all day in meetings, which usually is hard to take but was with some of the brightest people I've ever met in both of them, so it was very stimulating. Was in the office for 1/2 hour in the morning, and another half hour at lunch. That was it. And the weather!! Clear, coolish, sunny...couldn't ask for better.

Am going through pal withdrawl. I really really miss Marc, S, Issy and Pauly. Man it's like I grew up (ha! never!) with those guys. Oh guess will get used to it but it's almost palpable. They are the best. Not Mr. B, he's the beast (heh heh heh little play on words there).

Mom doing surprisingly well, Sis took today off (yay), Bro took Mom out yesterday so she is very happy, and NCIS is on tonight.

Other than Mr. B being shot with a cannon into outer space, can't ask for much more!

Hope that all of you are well? That this was a day of universal good stuff?

My pal Z is pregnant! Am as happy for her as I'd be if it was me (HAPPY!). She's gonna be such a good mom. I'm so thrilled for her and her hubby.

Wow what's next?

Bridg (unspeakably happy!)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Still The One

heh heh world, someone's car or house alarm is going off on the street behind me. Man does it sound cheesy. If I was a burglar I'd be rolling on the ground laughing. It's been going on for minutes...

Hey hope your day was good?

It sure looked like November here. Big billowy grey clouds, cool (YAY!). Lucked out in finding a parking spot too. Work went quickly and not too badly. Felt a little weird not having my boss there (the one I'm acting for) or her boss (New Boss) but hey the day went fast and things got done. These are truly gentle and wonderful folks.

I keep running into people who met me when I was an executive in another org. We all bailed for the same reason (hated it). It's fun to compare notes though ("how long did YOU stick it out there?"). Arthritis was murder due to the rain (constant for last 2 days) but if that's the worst thing I ever have to say, we''ll be in FINE shape.

Didn't hear from the old gang. Did I mention that Issy found a job? A big promotion too, and she gave them two weeks notice. This is excellent news. The contractor/retired from our group guy she'd been working with was running in to Mr. B ever five seconds to complain about her. He is from an ethnic group, and is of a mindset, that definitely has it in for women. Issy's young, pretty, smart and that kind of person really irritates this guy. So it's very good for her to be bailing.

I worry about Pauly and S. Pauly can retire pretty soon, I am worried about his spirit. Same with S. Need to find somewhere for them to be safe, although Pauly knows all of those places better than I do! Would adore it if he was here. He'd like it too. Thank you, my pal, for sending my cv in to these folks. They are truly good folk.

It's getting late (almost midnight) and I"m sleepy. Will hit the hay.

Mom doing better (she spent today with Bro), I am doing much better (settled down after the cat schmozzle), Sis is taking tomorrow off (about bleeping time), Most Spoiled Cat In the Universe is very happy.

Hope all of you are too!

hugs, Bridg

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Game of Love (well, ok Tag)

7 things....
Well i just got tagged, so here we are.. Thanks a lot Niccio!!
7 Things7 Things You Plan to Do Before You Die:
1. Become solvent
2. Be in a loving relationship
3. Visit Ireland and England
4. Write a book
5. Get back into shape
6. Be at peace in the profession I work in
7. learn how to take better photos

7 Celebrity Crushes:
1. Jason Priestly (cute, wild)
2. Steve Seagal when he isn't busting heads (protective element)
3. Johnny Depp (attitude)
4. Sean Connery (class, style)
5. Mel Gibson (fun loving)
6. Vin Diesel (attitude, strength)
7. Orlando Bloom (great eyes)

7 Often Repeated WORDS/PHRASES:
1. Cool
2. that's nice (an 'in code' for 'fuck you')
3. Cute
4. Yah right
5. not bad for an old lady
6. whose daughter am I? (usually after a smart ass driving move)
7. come the fuck on...

7 Physical Traits I Look For In the Opposite Sex:
1. long hair
2. nice butt
3. lankiness
4. height (taller is better)
5. red hair (real weakness)
6. kind eyes, usually brown
7. largish hands


7 People to Continue This
1. Thom
2. bsoholic
3. Raven
4. Mel
5. Undies
6. tshsmom
7. WC

Bridg

Love Resurection

Love Resurrection Alison Moyet courtesy of http://www.80smusiclyrics.com/artists/alisonmoyet.htm

What can I do
to make light of this dull dullday
What switch can I pull
to illuminate the way
Show me one direction
I will not question again
For a warm injection
Is all I need to calm the pain
We all need a love resurrection
Just a little divine intervention
We all need a love resurrection
Just a little divine intervention
What seed must I sow to replenish
this barren land
Teach me to harvest
I want you to grow in myhand
Lets be optimistic,
lets say that we won't toil in vain
If we pull together
we'll never fall apart again
We all need a love resurrection
Just a little divine intervention
We all need a love resurrection
Just a little divine intervention
Show me one direction
I will not question again
For a warm injection
Is all I need to calm the pain
We all need a love resurrection.......

How was Saturday, world?

My.mom.is.driving.me.NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a gorgeous fall day here. Clear as a bell, no clouds at all, cool, just a little breeze.
Finally got dressed at noon ish, drove over to where my mother was getting her hair done. Actually she was waiting to go in. Asked me to pick up the prescribed meds for her cat at my vet's place.

That's when the fun started.

Mom had never called them, they said. She sure hadn't paid them by Visa, as she told me she had, because they had no invoice showing any payment, or any activity at all since June. So I call 411, they give me a disconnected number for her hair place. Tried 411 again and this time got someone who wasn't out of it. They connected me to the place, and Mom. Her info? She talked to a man (hint: there are about 30+ vets at this place and I"m sure there is more than one MAN!). She just said that's awful. Sooo the staff, mainly the lady who gave me Smokes (The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe) as a kitten, set up an appointment to get the cat (Mom's cat) tested. THEN they could prescribe meds temporarily until the test results came in. Why didn't Mom know all this and why did she tell me the meds were ready? Why didn't the staff have a record of her call? I called her other vet, nope, same story there. No contact, no meds waiting.

So who was she talking to? The man in the moon? Who has her Visa number now? Did she imagine the whole thing? Ye gods.

Went and got Mom. On the way to get her was pretty unhappy. We usually go out to dinner on Sundays. Last week I avoided that in case Mom pulled something like this on me. Didn't need to start a new job all stressed out. So decided that, after spending most of this Saturday running around trying to fix whatever the hell had been done with the damn cat we are going to skip Sunday dinner again. This isn't a punishment, I can only take so much stress and she has a way of really piling it on. I'm wondering if this isn't why my siblings have suddenly become invisible again.

I'm thinking about all this, pulled out to pass (on the highway) and was inches from hitting a yellow sports car that was in my blind spot. Scared the hell out of both of us. Avoided an accident, just barely. I mean by inches. Decided to drive very slowly, calmly. Got Mom, got the damn cat, all of us went to the vet's again, cat serenading us all the way.

They took the blood sample, almost forgot to give us the meds (Mifawnwy came running out to the car with the pills), and away we went.

I picked up some Harvey's and went home. Mom had asked about dinnner earlier but frankly I was so ticked at spending all day on this nonsense that should have taken minutes, not hours, to complete. I just didn't want to hear about it and went home. And fell asleep for hours.

Maybe the hospital screwed things up (I don't think so, have gone to them for over 30 years without any incident of this sort happening). Have had MANY incidents of Mom getting things wrong lately. OK so when I"m 77 I won't be a brain surgeon either, but this was something I just didn't need right now. Or if it was pending surely someone could have given me a heads up?

Oh sorry for ranting guys. I need to be patient with her and I am, but sometimes she says and does either something cruel or sends me on an ass's mission (the latter being today's exercise). Don't want to go to work frustrated. I'm protecting myself as much as I can from being exposed to frustration, anger, misunderstandings. Mom just isn't all there some times. She's been an Ivy League grad in math ed and an actuary. But sooner or later the lights start to dim for all of us. I think she's entering that stage. It scares me, it frustrates me, and there's so little that I can do about it.

Praying for her, M, and alll of you, Bridg

Next time I''ll call ahead and save myself some grief.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Samba Pa Ti

Well gang, how are you?

The week is over yahoo! Survived 5 entire days of getting to work on time. Nice people everywhere.

Did I mention that my boss is gone for a month? And that I"m acting for her? No I did not make her sick.

Feels very odd, I haven't had staff in at least a decade. Wasn't nuts about it at the time, but times and the people sure are different--much nicer. Would feel much better if it was M here acting and I reported to him, but they can only afford one of us and wanted me because of my background. That doesn't mean that M won't wind up here. He'd be WAY too good a match to this place. That tells me that he HAS to come here.

Only ate lunch in one day this week (today). Every other day we went out.

And had beer with M after work. He is just as sweet, smart and gorgeous as ever. Sigh. I seem to be adapting to it well though. And Issy, one of the bright lights in the Old Job, found herself a new job! Quite a promotion too. And she's leaving in two weeks. Gotta get M settled too. He is just too good for what he's doing now (ahem not that I"m at all prejuidiced).

Tried to talk to Pauly but the receptionists who answer our phones don't seem to understand that I do work there. Oh well. He sounded down about Issy leaving and I can't say that I blame him, but there is still Scott, him and Marc (the three mustketeers). I like the people I'm with but miss the guys too.

The pace of work here is different. More 'real'. They've dealt with issues we had at the Old Job quite well. It helps that the staff are very much empowered, management supportive and there are no evil trolls lurking about masquerading as managers. So we actually get to do our work. Wow what a concept.

Sorry I missed a post last night and will read your blogs this weekend. Have been coming home and falling asleep every night this week. All this learning stuff is draining lol.

So hope you and yours are well my friends. Please keep hoping for M to land something, I'm still praying for him.

MWAH! to all, Bridg

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

One for the CubicHell Guys

Old Harold

I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Harold the computer guy, to come over.
Harold clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. He gave me a bill for a minimum
service call.

As he was walking away, I called after him, "So, what was wrong?" He replied, "It was an ID ten T error."
I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, "An, ID ten T error?
What's that .. in case I need to fix it again?"

Harold grinned.... "Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?" "No," I replied.
"Write it down," he said, "and I think you'll figure it out."

So I wrote down .....

I D 1 0 T


I used to like Harold.

What's Goin' On

What's Goin' On
Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of: http://www.codehot.co.uk/lyrics/mnop/marvingaye/whatsgoingon.htm

Mother, mother,
there's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother,
there's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today,
hey
Father, father, we don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer,
for only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today, oh
Picket lines - sister - and picket signs - siste
Don't punish me - sister - with brutality - sister
Talk to me - sister - so you can see - sister
Oh, what's goin' on - what's goin' on, what's goin' on - what's goin' on
Heah, what's goin' on - what's goin' on, oh, what's goin' on - what's goin' on
Ah ah - ay-ay-ay-ay-ay - right on - right on - ay-ay-ay-ay-ay
Mother, mother, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply 'cause our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today, oh oh oh
Picket lines - brother - and picket signs - brother
Don't punish me - brother - with brutality - brother
Come on, talk to me - brother - so you can see - brother
Now what's goin' on - what's goin' on, yeah, what's goin' on - what's goin' on
Tell me what's goin' on - what's goin' on,
I'll tell you now what's goin' on - what's goin' on
Ooooh - right on - right on - ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

(M. Gaye/A. Cleveland/R. Benson) 1971


Hey y'all how's it going?

It was summer here today! Hotish, sunny, boy if this is climate change we'll take it.

Work still going well. Have not had a dirty look or cross word from anyone and don't expect to. These guys are genuinely nice. No, can't say that any of them could live down to Mr. B's example, thank heaven.

Today my boss went off on a month's sick leave (stress). This is partly why I left so fast, kind of saw this coming. But didn't expect it THIS fast. The poor lady. I asked her to come back fast. Think that she will.

Got work done, did a LOT of reading and analyzing. Didn't call or hear from any of the old gang except Pauly. This place uses different computer/operating systems, so it took a little getting used to but no biggie. It's funny, the work load is high, stress in that sense might be there but I can't feel it, since mean-manager stress is absent. Kind of like what it must feel for prisoners to have their handcuffs taken off. Nice.

Hey remember that teenager I mentioned who went missing? They found her body a few days ago. The poor family. No idea yet of who did it.

Mom doing well, sis is not. Working too hard and for a very ungrateful organization. The same place that she is now kept me working 95 hour weeks, and after I burned out (took 4 years tho) they just tossed me aside and brought in someone else (i.e. the problem was me, not the demands put on me). Sis is going to wind up in the same boat. Very hard to watch. Most people that I know have burned out once, guess it's part of the process. Wish it wasn't.

No one's sent jokes for a few days. That means that I'm gonna get a flood of them soon. Will put them up as soon as they come.

In the meantime, hugs world. Stay safe....Bridg

Monday, September 19, 2005

Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe

Most Spoiled Cat In the Universe (She Who Purrs)
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Laugh

> Things that Hallmark cards don't say>>>

My tire was thumping.
I thought it was flat
When I looked at the tire...
I noticed your cat.
Sorry!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>>
Heard your wife left you,
How upset you must be.
But don't fret about it...
She moved in with me.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>>
Looking back over the years
that we've been together,
I can't help but wonder...
"What the hell was I thinking?">>
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>>
Congratulations on your wedding day!
Too bad no one likes your husband. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>>
How could two people as beautiful as you
Have such an ugly baby?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>>
I've always wanted to have
someone to hold,
smeone to love.
After having met you ..
I've changed my mind.
>>-------------------------------------->---------------------------------------------------------->>
I must admit, you brought Religion into my life.
I never believed in Hell until I met you
>>-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->>
As days go by, I think of how lucky I am...
That you're not here to ruin it for me.>> ####################################################>>
Congratulations on your promotion.
Before you go...
Would you like to take this knife out of my back?
You'll probably need it again.>>
****************************************************************************>****>>
Happy Birthday, Uncle Dad!
(Available only in Tennessee, Kentucky & West Virginia)>>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>>
Happy birthday! You look great for your age.
Almost Lifelike!
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>>
When we were together,
you always said you'd die for me.
Now that we've broken up,
I think it's time you kept your promise.
>>>////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////>//////////////////////////////////////////>>
We have been friends for a very long time ..
let's say we stop?
>>+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++>>
I'm so miserable without you
it's almost like you're here.
>>=====================================================>>
Congratulations on your new bundle of joy.
Did you ever find out who the father was?
>> %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%>>
Your friends and I wanted to do
something special for your birthday.
So we're having you put to sleep.
>>))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))>))))))))))))))))))))>>
So your daughter's a hooker,
and it spoiled your day.
Look at the bright side,
it's really good pay.

Strange Magic

Hola world! Hope things are well for you all?

Today was fine. First time I'd gone to work without being scared in years. No twitch, easy drive in (much shorter too).

Spent most of today reading but did get to provide comments on something, which were accepted right off the bat.

I.like.these.people.

My boss (Slady) regards me as a colleague. Truly. She is also exhausted. New Boss (her boss) apologized for bringing me in without time off but said he was truly concerned about her well being. Totally agree, she is exhausted but still firing on all cylinders.

Now, who does that remind you of?

Have found that groups of women can be either witchy or great. Thank heavens, this is great. Mentioned this to New Boss. He kind of twinkled at me and said that he has one of the other kind but that he'd let me tell him who it is.

I'm so honoured that these folks chose me. Have you ever just walked into a place and felt at home? This was like that. Everyone I met was very anxious to help, checked up on how I was doing, and they're all on the same wavelength.

MAN it was NICE!!

Actually, better than nice. It was/is healthy, and great.

And no Mr. B.

The best of all was the New Boss' admin assistant, who let me use her account to access the Net. She suggested things for me to do, and we chatted. Went to lunch with her and SLady. They are just great people. I can't get over it. There is a ton of stuff to do too.

It was a long day but didn't mind that at all (needed to wait for SLady to get back from course to chat). The room I"m in has walls, no air and looks suspiciously like it used to be a closet. But it's an enclosed office, and I'll be moving in a week or so.

Free parking. YEA there is $120 extra per month!

So world, have landed safely. People are very nice, definitely a lot to do. And there's a barbecue tomorrow at lunch.

There is something VERY humorous about this but I'll save that for later.

Thank you all for keeping me sane, this was worth it.

Love to all, Bridg

Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World

I WOULDN'T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD lyrics courtesy of http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/i/iwouldnthavemisseditfortheworld.shtml
(Fleming / Morgan / Guillen)Ronnie Milsap -
1985
Our paths may never cross again
Maybe my heart will never mend
But I'm glad for all the good times'
Cause you brought me so much sunshine
Love was the best it's ever been
ChorusI wouldn't have missed it for the world
Wouldn't have missed loving you girl
You've made my whole life worth while,
with your smile
I wouldn't trade one memory,
cause you mean too much to me
Even though I lost you girl
I wouldn't have missed it for the world

They say that all good things must end
Love comes and goes just like the wind
You've got your dreams to follow
But if I had the chance tomorrow
You know I'd do it all again.

Oh I wouldn't trade one memory,
cause you mean too much to me
Even though I lost you girl,
I wouldn't have missed it for the world

Reminds me of the old job. M and I were talking about it a while ago, and neither of us would have done anything different, even knowing how it turned out.

Cool huh?

I think so.

Bridg

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Gettin' Together, Better Than Ever

Guess I"m stuck in the 60s for now. How's it going world?

It's kinda late for Sunday. Having a wee bit of probs getting sleepy. Spent today doing that stuff that seems to take all the effort to do (laundry, linen changing, dusting, cooking, plant watering). Made lentil soup (more like a stew). Had running around for little things to do and I hate that. 1-2 items per store, lines 15 folks long...argh. Did NOT go to dinner with Mom tonight. She probably would have gotten me all rattled and that's the last thing I need. But on the plus side, the firemen were cleaning cars today. YUM.

Not that I got mine done by them, I'm too much of a chicken. But the TRAFFIC around those guys, wow. Part of what the gang from Old Job gave me was a gift certificate to Chapters. Spent $36 more than it was for, which was OK. Got 2 CDs by Eric Idle and Michael Palin (Monty Python), an audobon calendar for 06, the Davinci Code (since so many people had mentioned it to me) and a book with a title that takes all of the cover. I think it's "all the dirty, disgusting, lewd, odd, perverted, abnormal, and stupid things people do".

I like that.

How can you lose with a title like that one?

Actually, come to think of it, you should get a look at my bathroom reading stuff. Besides the usual exercise and 'house fixing up' magazines, there are books like "1400 things that piss me off" and "5000 more things that piss me off", "They did WHAT!?", 'Things that make me smile" and a bunch of puzzles and games. You'd think it was a library/study.

Have not even thought out clearly how I'm driving to work tomorrow but will take lots of time to get there, God willing (that I wake up on time). Last night and the one before, I only took 1 instead of 3 sleeping pills to get to sleep. That's a huge improvement. And the twitch under one of my eyes has stopped completely. Lovely.


Now all I have to do is work properly. This should be fun.

Have a great night, all!

Bridg

Funk Soul Brother

One Sunday a pastor told the congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns. After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

A very quiet, elderly and saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns. Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building and said,

"I'll take him

and him

and him."

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Rainy Night in Georgia

Oh world, wish you could all be here now. It's been overcast all day but we've had the finest, softest fall rain ever. Really nice. Cooling, refreshing even if there isn't sun today. Fall's really coming, and it's my fave season. Love Thanksgiving, love colorful leaves and the scent of wood fires. Don't you?

Had the best sleep in the world last night (woke up at 11:30 or so). Guess it was all that tension going away. Hoping and praying that M gets to experience the same thing.

Mostly relaxed except for grocery shopping with Mom today. OK have a lot of cooking to do and house stuff to do before heading off to the new place on Monday.

Did anyone else watch Jodie Foster's biography today? Man that was impressive. It's one thing to say at every given opp (no names here) how smart you are. It's another just being it and having everyone else say it. Really impressive.

Thanking my lucky stars, wishing them for you all.

Bridg (blissfully happy)

Friday, September 16, 2005

There Is Love(The Wedding Song)
Paul Stookey
courtesy of http://www.countrygoldusa.com/there_is_love.asp

This isn't a country song, it's a folk song. Can't get it out of my head so thought I'd post it here:

He is now to be among you
at the calling of your hearts.
Rest assured this troubador
is acting on his part.
The union of your spirits here
has caused him to remain,
For whenever two or more of you
are gathered in his name,
There is love.
there is love.
Oh, a man shall leave his mother,
and a woman leave her home.
They will travel on to where
the two will be as one.
As it was in the beginning, is now until the end,
Woman draws a life from man
And gives it back again
and there is love.
Oh, there's love.
Well then what's to be the reason
for becoming man and wife?
Is it love that brings you here
or love that brings you life?
For is loving is the answer
then who's tit given for?
Do you believe in something
that you've never seen before?
Oh, there's love.
there is love.
He is now to be among you
at the calling of your hearts.
Rest assured this troubador
is acting on his part.
The union of your spirits here
has caused him to remain
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in his name
There is love.
oh, there is love.

I think that Zombieslayer's post got met thinking along these lines.

Hoping it's possible, thinking it is, to be loving without being in a love relationship.

Bridg

Here You Come Again

Written and recorded by D. Parton
Courtesy of: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/dolly-parton/41933.html

Here you come again
Just when I’m about to make it work without you
You waltz right in the door
Just like you done before
And wrap my heart ’round your little finger
Here you come again
Just when I’m about to make it work without you
You look into my eyes
And light those dreamy eyes
And pretty soon I’m wonderin’
How I came to doubt you
All you gotta do
Is smile that smile
And there go all my defenses
Just leave it up to you
And in a little while
You’re messin’ up my mind
An’ fillin’ up my senses
Here you come again
Lookin’ better than a body
Has a right to
An’ shakin’ me up so
That all I really know
Is here you come again
An’ here I go
All you gotta do
Is smile that smile
And there go all my defenses
Just leave it up to you
And in a little while
You’re messin’ up my mind
An’ fillin’ up my senses
Here you come again
Lookin’ better than a body
Has a right to
An’ shakin’ me up so
That all I really know
Is here you come again
An’ here I go
Fade:Here I go
An’ here I go
An’ here I go
Here you come again
An’ here I go
Here I go
An’ here I go


HEY World, the time has come today (speaking of the Chambers Brothers...)!!!!!

Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty!!! Free at last!!

Old New Boss came out with that one (ML King quote) at lunch, and it was fantastic.

Idiot Mr. B. made me sign all kinds of forms--the kind they make you fill out if you quit/leave where you are. Officially that hasn't happened yet, but he insisted. Took me less than half an hour. Little turd. It is nice though, that I don't ever have to go back there again unless I want to (and that place ain't gonna freeze over). Once Mr. Turd leaves, it'll be a different story. Rumor has it that this will be soon. Not soon enough for my liking but hey....every penny that guy gets in salary is one he didn't earn, let me tell ya. But people like that create their own hells, and they stay in them forever. That's because, for those who are kind, the kindness multiplies and spreads across life/the universe/reality. The same principle applies to meanness.

Thank heavens he didn't go to my lunch. There were 30 people there--one of the largest lunches I"ve seen in my group's history. Almost all of them stopped to say 'bye' and hi personally. It was truly touching. M was there, like the song says "looking better than a body has a right to" and being his usual classy self. Marc told me before the lunch that M made a substantial contribution to the present, and then turned around and got one that he presented to me on behalf of the group (I know that he did it himself)--a soapstone carving of a narwale, complete with ivory tusk, signed and dated. HOLY ____!!!!!

When he left, I was on sick leave. No one arranged anything for him (I usually do that, and Mr. B having no class of his own, did nothing). So when he moves into his new job, I am going to do something. What, I don't know but I will do something. What an utterly classy guy. He made a little speech about my being warm and caring. Wow. I am truly and utterly overwhelmed.

And very very glad to be out of there, let me tell you.

Besides M, two other old bosses came to the lunch. They were both terrific, and I was happy to see them. And this was a small group, yikes.

And off to the new job on Monday. Sorry not to have a rest first, but am glad that they want me there so much. Am sure that M will find something worthy of him, and soon. The sooner we get to work together again, the better as far as I'm concerned. But for now just want/hope for him to be safe and settled. If anyone deserves it, he does.

It's raining softly out there now, world. Cooling things off, helping things grow, leading up to nighttime, so that all can rest.

I'm going to veg out now and recuperate (emotionally). Have been on overload these past few days.

Hope your evening and weekend sings!

Bridg

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Chicken, Bells and....!

John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several
> >>>>hundred young layers (hens, called pullets and eight or ten roosters,
> >>>>whose job was to fertilize the eggs. The farmer kept records and any
> >>>>rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.

> >>>>That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells >and
> >>>>attached them to his roosters.
> >>>>> >> Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, >which
> >> rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an
> >> efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

> >>>>> >> The farmer's favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he
> >> was, too. But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch's bell
> >> hadn't rung at all! John went to investigate. The other roosters were
> >> chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters

> >> coming, would run for cover. But to Farmer John's amazement, Butch had
> >> his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, >do
> >> his job and walk on to the next one. John was so proud of Butch, he
> >> entered him in the county fair and Butch became an overnight sensation
> >> among the judges.

> >>>>> >> The result...The judges not only awarded Butch the "No Bell Piece >Prize"
> >> but they also awarded him the "Pullet surprise" as well. Clearly Butch
> >> was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure
> >> out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by
> >> being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when
> >> they weren't paying attention?>>

Red Rubber Ball

courtesy of http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Red-Rubber-Ball-lyrics-Simon-and-Garfunkel/E593D99AB047AB9A4825689600164C59
Writer: Paul Simon
Recorded by: The Cyrcle

I should have known you'd bid me farewell.
There's a lesson to be learned from this
and I learned it very well
Now I know you're not the only starfish in the sea
If I never hear your name again it's all the same to me.
And I think it's gonna be all right.
Yeah, the worst is over now,
The morning sun is shining like a Red Rubber Ball.
You never cared for secrets I'd confide.
For you I'm just an ornament,
Something for your pride.
Always running,
never caring,
That's the life you live.
Stolen minutes of your time
were all you had to give.
And I think it's gonna be all right.
Yeah, the worst is over now,
The morning sun is shining like a Red Rubber Ball.
The story's in the past
with nothing to recall.
I've got my life to live
and I don't need you at all
The roller coaster ride we took is
nearly at an end.
I bought my ticket with my tears,
that's all I'm gonna spend.
And I think it's gonna be all right.
Yeah, the worst is over now,
The morning sun is shining like a Red Rubber Ball.

Might have done this one already....

Hola world, coma usted?

Or however you spell it. I don't speak Spanish at all except for a few well chosen phrases like "turkey" "pig" and "shut up". Unfortunately this is the literal truth...

Well folks, the paperwork to transfer me still has not been signed, or sent over to where I work, yet. This is going down to the last second. And they do expect me on Monday.

Anybody got a coin to flip? I have to decide where to go on Monday!

Work is great. Lots of farewells, phone calls, and WTFs coming in, visitors and all that which is nice. I do work with lovely folks (with one exception). There are 26 people who's accepted the lunch invitation, four of them ex bosses. Cool. Didn't do a heck of a lot today except send things to Old New Boss. And to Marc, because HE doesn't lose things!

Well if that's the worst thing Old New Boss does, my former colleagues will be very happy. He is a nice man, and I wish him and them all the best in the world.

Marc, I and another of 'da guys' who'd retired went to lunch today and retired guy picked up the check. Marc and I acted like 10 year olds, situation normal, and called Pauly at home and left stupid messages, also situation normal. It was a riot. Don't think that there is a lot of time for that stuff at the new place. Hope so. Can't be me without silliness.

The cafeteria ladies are unhappy about my going. I'll miss them too.

Or maybe not, if the paperwork fails. Sheesh.

Hope to post some jokes...gotta keep the Mountain Dew flowing through Niccio's nose...tee hee hee! Welcome back Raven, missed you!

Mel, Rhi, WC, DMJ et al, love you guys too.

Bridg

p.s. changed my marquee computer screen to read : Sept. 16 is my last day at ---. Have a nice life.

That should make SOMEONE laugh!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Tears of a Clown

More from my favorite lady-Maxine.

*Martha's Way* Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips. *Maxine's Way * Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake! Youare probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it, anyway!

*Martha's Way* To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix, keep it in the pantry for up to a year. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
*Maxine's Way*Go to the bakery! They'll even decorate it for you.

*Martha's Way* If you accidentally oversalt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix-me-up."
*Maxine's Way* If you oversalt a dish while you are cooking, that's too bad. Please recite with me the real woman's motto: "I made it and you will eat it and I don'tcare how bad it tastes!"

*Martha's Way*Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks. *Maxine's Way* Celery? Never heard of it!

*Martha's Way* Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield abeautiful glossy finish. *Maxine's Way* The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites overthe crust so I don't.

*Martha's Way* Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.The throbbing will go away.
*Maxine's Way* Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink!

*Martha's Way* If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
*Maxine's Way* Go ask that very cute neighbor if he can open it for you.

*Martha's Way* Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
*Maxine's Way* Leftover wine??????????? HELLO !!!!!!!
*************************************************************
The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same sizebucket.

D o you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?

Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than in a Hyundai.

Drinking makes some husbands see double and feel single.

Living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.

After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.

Laugh laugh

Subject: Only in Texas

Only a Texan could think of this - from the County where drunk driving isconsidered a sport, comes this true story.
Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Bandera, Texas,
staked out, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he
could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few
minutes, with the officer quietly observing.After what seemed an eternity
and trying his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his
car which he fell into.

He sat therefor a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine,
dry summer night), flicked the blinkers on, then off a couple of times,
honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle
forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few
more minutes as some more of the other patron vehicles left.

At last, the parking lot empty, he pulled out of the parking lot and started
to drive slowly down the road.The police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started up
the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, and promptly pulled the man over
and carried out a breathalyzer test. To his amazement the breathalyzer
indicated no evidence of the man having consumed any alcohol at all!

Dumbfounded, the officer said, "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the
police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken."

"I doubt it," said the truly proud Texan. "Tonight I'm the designated decoy."

Da Blues From Pauly

DA BLUES

If you are new to Blues music, or like it but never really understood the why and wherefores, here are some very fundamental rules:


1. Most Blues begin with: "Woke up this morning..."

2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town."

3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes - sort of.
For Example: "Got a good woman with the meanest face in town.
Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town.
Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher and she weigh 500 pound."

4. The Blues is not about choice.
For Example: “You stuck in a ditch,
you stuck in a ditch...
ain't no way out...”

5. Blues cars include: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks.
Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the Blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or anywhere in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical depression. Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis, and Nawlins are still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the Blues in any place that don't get rain.

8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the Blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg 'cause you were skiing is not the Blues. Breaking your leg 'cause a alligator be chomping on it is.

9. You can't have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

10. Good places for the Blues (a) highway (b) jailhouse (c) empty bed (d) bottom of a whiskey glass.

11. Bad places for the Blues (a) Nordstrom's (b) gallery openings (c) Ivy League institutions (d) golf courses.

12. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you happen to be an old person, and you slept in it.
13. Do you have the right to sing the Blues?

Yes, if: (a) you're older than dirt (b) you're blind (c) you shot a man in Memphis (d) you can't be satisfied
No, if: (a) you have all your teeth (b) you once were blind but now can see (c) the man in Memphis lived (d) you have a 401K or trust fund

14. Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the Blues. Sonny Liston could have. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the Blues.

15. If you ask for water and your darlin' gives you gasoline, it's the Blues. Other acceptable Blues beverages are: (a) cheap wine (b) whiskey or bourbon (c) muddy water (d) black coffee. The following are NOT Blues beverages: (a) Perrier (b) Chardonnay (c) Snapple (d) Slim Fast.

16. If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So are the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a broken-down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.

17. Some Blues names for women include: (a) Sadie (b) Big Mama (c) Bessie (d) Fat River Dumpling.

18. Some Blues names for men include: (a) Joe (b) Willie (c) Little Willie (d) Big Willie.

19. Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Jennifer, and Candi can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

20. Blues Name Starter Kit:
(a) First name - physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
(b) nickname - name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Peach, etc.)
(c) last name – any President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.)

For Example:
- Blind Lemon Jefferson,
- Pegleg Lime Johnson,
- Cripple Peach Fillmore.

21. I don't care how tragic your life is: if you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues, period. Sorry.

Movin' On Over

Yea George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers!!!

Holy hump day, how are you WORLD?

Not sure myself but it feels good.

They want me to start working on Monday. THIS Monday. I left it to them, but did mention that I had planned on taking it off. Their picnic is next week (good time to meet the folks), yadda yadda. Right now, my boss who is supposed to be working part time is eating lunch at 3:00 (sounds like this is normal there) and instead of leaving at 3:30, leaves at 5:30. They are very thin-spread. So since they've gone through all these hoops, I think I can be gracious and go there early.

But we'll see. Security might not let them.

Nothing is signed yet, but Brand New Boss (the guy) and BNB 2 (woman) talked to Mr. B. There is a meeting of minds, an agreement is being typed. The party is Friday (in 2 days). I wanted a small low key thing, no speeches, no anything.

They have 26 folks who have accepted. I only named my close buds. I mean folks I'd feel good hugging, not that I plan on hugging a lot. That's a cool figure indeed. New boss old job and Marc asked me what I wanted for a present.

Present? Are you kidding me?

No they assured me, a present is in order.

I think they're just going to give me cash, which is sort of like paying me to leave. ROFLMAO.

I asked New Boss Old Job ---please no speeches.

Have the feeling that that ain't gonna happen. On the other hand, it'll be hard for Mr. B to get bitchy with that many folks around.

M is coming and said he'd go for the man's throat if he does anything.

It's almost guaranteed.

Shit aren't these things supposed to be fun? Well, beer will be had. And after lunch, M and I are going out for more beer.

This might turn out OK after all lol.

Have been sending e -mail addys, cool wallpaper and examples of my work to my home PC. It's taken me 3 days. Stuff kind of accumulates after.......13 years in this job, 3 in a job somewhere else in the same org. Wow. Definitely time to change.

Already have 4+ portfolios and staff in the new place although perhaps not an office (well they didn't get much notice--but then it was their idea anyway). One of them would be to design and deliver a training course. COOL, huh? I am thrilled.

Definitely am consuming alcohol on Friday.

Got some dandy jokes today. Will post them for you. The best, the VERY best, was given to me by Pauly. OH and it's a dandy. Entitled "Da Blues". He'll kill me for posting it, but it's so damn good I have to.

Hugs world, I love you all.

Bridg

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Couldn't Get It Right

Yay world let's hear it for the Atlanta Rhythm Section!!

How goes it?

I was on the roller coaster again in terms of the new job. Still don't have anything on paper, the other folks are trying their best, I'm stuck between them and Mr. B. Meanwhile, Marc is arranging a farewell lunch (I asked for small and low key, sure it will be)...but what happens if there is a hiccup and I don't leave? If things aren't done (signed off) by Friday? Then what? Oh damn I hate not being able to do anything.

New Boss (NB) in old job is still helping search for the lost/missing teenager. I hate that this happened, I hate that it happens anywhere at all. Please spare a prayer for the lady.

Not much else going on. Ran a few errands for Mom, am freezing a hell of a lot of berries while I can still get them. And wait and do physio (which is working really well). Am going out for lunches most of this week (sort of a farewell tour). OHHHHHH the exciting singles life. Only being a little sarcastic here. Actually 'dull' suits me just fine.

Also got some jokes which are posted. Increasingly they're coming in the form of movies. Have not yet figured out a way to get them on this site.

Oh yah the duct cleaning really worked. The a/c isn't on as much or as long. And the weather's HOTTER than it was before having the cleaning done. Mom noticed a lower hydro bill too...

Off to blog hop.

Have a safe and happy night, world!

Bridg

Everybody Loves A Clown

Glad I wasn't eating anything when I read this! Thanks, Rob H!!

A college professor was doing a study testing the senses of first
graders using a bowl of lifesavers. He gave all the children the same kind of
lifesavers, one at a time, and asked them to identify them by color
and flavor. The children began to say:
Red............cherry
Yellow........lemon
Green........lime
Orange.....orange
Finally the professor gave them all honey lifesavers. After eating
them
for a few minutes none of the children could identify the taste.
"Well" he said, "I'll give you a clue. It's what your mother might sometimes
call your father"

One little girl looked up in horror, spit hers out and yelled, "Oh, my
God! They're assholes!"
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An oldie but goodie ....thanks Peter T

A bus stops and two Italian men get on. They sit down and engage in an
animated conversation. The lady sitting next to them ignores them at
first, but her attention is galvanized when she hears one of them say
the following:
"Emma come first. Den I come. Den two asses come together. I come
once-a-more. Two asses, they come together again. I come again and pee
twice. Then I come one lasta time."
"You foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed swine," retorted the lady indignantly.
"in this country....we don't speak aloud in public places about our sex
lives." "Hey, coola down lady," said the man. "Who talkin'
abou ta sex? I'm a jus-ta tellin' my frienda how to spell MISSISSIPPI."
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And last but not least from Vic:

Here are the 10 winners of this year's Bulwer-Lytton Contest, aka the "Dark>and Stormy Night Contest" run by the English Department of San Jose State>University, wherein one writes only the first line of a bad novel:

>>10. "As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind>in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it."

>>9. "Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens."

>>8. "With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned,>unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep>azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for>competition, and a small straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied>description.">>

7. "Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept>furtively along the east wall of the castle keep toward the secret door in>the wall: 'Andre creep... Andre creep... Andre creep.'">>

6. "Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was>about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex-change surgeon to>become the woman he loved.">>

5. "Although Sarah had an abnormal fear of mice, it did not keep her from>eeking out a living at a local pet store.">>

4. "Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached, but then penguins>often do.">>

3. "Like an over-ripe beefsteak tomato rimmed with cottage cheese, the>corpulent remains of Santa Claus lay dead on the hotel floor.">>

2. "Mike Hardware was the kind of private eye who didn't know the meaning>of the word 'fear'; a man who could laugh in the face of danger and spit in>the eye of death -- in short, a moron with suicidal tendencies."

>>AND THE WINNER IS.....>>

1. "The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside darkness, crept along the>greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window,>revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in>frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside her,>disbelieving the magnitude of the frog's deception, screaming madly, 'You>lied!"

Monday, September 12, 2005

Prayer For The Lonely

Not that I am world, and hope you aren't either!

Today was hot. 33 degrees C without the humidity added in. That kind of weather is murder on arthritic feet, and I really do not like sounding like a 70 year old. Actually make that 80 year old, my 77 year old Mom doesn't bitch like I do!

It's supposed to rain tonight. Man I hope it does.

No word from new job folks, except when I called them this a.m. Maybe new boss said that he'd asked SS to handle the staffing. She has been going like a bat out of hades on my behalf lately, so that is good news. He (MNB) was about to meet HIS new boss, who I am worried doesn't like me (because he dumped work on me in the past, yadda yadda yadda). So if there is a kibosh on the staffing, I have not heard of it yet. And in the mail (I'm in a few 'angels' groups because I like them so much), got an 'angel card of the day' that was entitled Hope. Neat huh? And my horoscope said something similar about change in the wind, change in job etc.

Oh yes and the chicken entrails said the same thing.

Hardee-har-har! Waiting without being able to do anything is probably the worst position anyone can be in. Mine is probably the most benevolent of those positions. Imagine the helpless waiting for help in New Orleans. A worried wife waiting for her wandering husband to make up HIS mind who to stay with/go to. The hopeless who wander the streets, waiting and searching for Heaven Knows What. OK I won't bitch.

But I did ruin most of my nails!!!

A teenager, walking home from her job at Wendy's near here (about 2-5 miles away)-a 15 minute walk, went missing. My new boss where I am now (NB) is part of the team looking for her. That puts him up a million fold in my humble view. No sign of her except for a back pack like hers in a field that she would have cut through on the way home.

Oh how I hope she's safe. Angels please protect and guide her, no matter where she may be. And please help her family and friends.

Went to see Exorcism of Emily Rose last night (yep took Mom too). Had read about the case when it first happened years and years ago. It wasn't like The Exorcist. The force of the suspense in the movie has more to do with the viewer's system of beliefs than anything else. So it depends on what you go in there expecting to see. Don't expect typical horror film stuff. Ain't there.

Many many years ago (high school), when I was in a creative writing course, I decided to write about paranormal stuff. Went to the library and while sifting through the very limited number of books available (ask for help? Fat chance!), found one on human self-combusion. Went through everything I could find on the subject and decided that those things seemed most prevalent where folks believed in that kind of thing to begin with. How many Innuit do you hear of suffering that? Yah right. Got the same feeling today when I was looking up demons and demonic possession.

I do believe in the devil. And evil. Haven't seen much of it, but see the effects (e.g., you don't have to meet Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, etc. to know this kind of stuff exists). Would rather focus on the good stuff (angels). Not because I'm in denial, but just because it's more interesting. You can do more with good, I think/feel/suspect. Like bring lost teenagers home.

OK off to watch Steve Segal pretend to be funny.

Just for one night, am focussing on the good, good people, good intentions, just plain good.
Evil doesn't deserve the press it gets.

Bridg

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Why We Don't Run Red Lights In Cypres


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Saturday Night!

Not just the Bay City Rollers' song, but the series (SNL). Some TV station was playing material from SNL's first five years. MAN that show was good!!

How are you world?

Didn't set foot outside the door today except to get the newspaper. Spent the usual morning with The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe reading the paper and lazing over coffee. I have to take back some of what I said about not appreciating the variety of channels in digital cable. While it is abysmal, there are one or two channels, such as the Women's Channel, that make the rest of the nonsense worthwhile. Spent a whole lotta time on that one today. Have you ever had one of those days where good movie after good movie came on? This was one of those days.

Also bright, sunny and crisp but....nah. Stayed in.

Until the duct cleaners showed up. They were right on time, set about their work (this place has never been done, I am positive of it). They did the furnace, installed the electrostatic air filter, cleaned and santized everything, and left. After I paid them...but they forgot the money! I ran out to them with it (yah, am one of those....). It is a lot fresher in here and the a/c isn't on nearly as long as it used to be. Very cool.

So tomorrow is the day for doing everything (groceries, cooking, buying a few clothes) including dinner and movie with Mom (no it isn't a date...). Love lazy days. Need them desperately. Also got one of the phones to actually give the correct day and almost correct time. Since I can't read the tiny print on the phone or its stand, this is a more significant accomplishment than it may sound!

Next, the flippin draw drapes.

Anyway world, am beginning to calm down about actually leaving. Cannot believe that this is actually gonna take place. Hard to trust it, you know? But there it is.

Normal life. Working with a boss who backs me up and doesn't hate me. Sheesh. Last time I had that was with M, and the gloom of Mr. B hung over all of us. It'll be nice to get out of that.

Wonder if he will ever realize that he's creating his own problems? Oh well, not really my concern is it.

Hugs world....Bridg

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Please blame this one on Vic....

priest & rabbi

A priest was called away for an emergency.

Not wanting to leave the confessional unattended, he called his rabbi friend from across the street and asked him to cover for him. The rabbi told him he wouldn't know what to say, but the priest told him to come on over and he'd stay with him for a little bit and show him what to do.

The rabbi comes and he and the priest are in the confessional.

A few minutes later, a woman comes in and says, "Father forgive me for I have sinned."
The priest asks, "What did you do?"
Woman says, "I committed adultery."
Priest: "How many times?"
Woman: "Three times."
Priest: "Say two Hail Mary's, put $5 in the box and go and sin no more."

A few minutes later a man enters the confessional. He says, "Father forgive me for I have sinned."
Priest: "What did you do?"
Man: "I committed adultery."
Priest: " How many times?"
Man: "Three times."
Priest: "Say two Hail Mary's, put $5 in the box and go and sin no more."

The rabbi tells the priest that he thinks he's got it, so the priest leaves.
A few minutes later another woman enters...
Woman "Father forgive me for I have sinned."
Rabbi: " What did you do?"
Woman: "I committed adultery."
Rabbi: "How many times?"
Woman: "Once."
Rabbi: "Go do it two more times.... we have a special this week, three for $5."

Oh Yes It's Ladies' Night

QUOTES BY GREAT LADIES

Inside every older lady is a younger lady -- wondering what the hell happened.
-Cora Harvey Armstrong-

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cookies.

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.

-Helen Hayes (at 73)

- I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.
-Janette Barber-

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
-Lily Tomlin-

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.
-Carrie Snow

- Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.
-Laurie Kuslansky

- My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on t he top bunk bed until I faint.
-Erma Bombeck

- Old age ain't no place for sissies.
-Bette Davis

- A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.
-Rhonda Hansome

- The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
-Jane Sellman-

Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows.
-Jennifer Unlimited-

Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
-Charlotte Whitton

- Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
-Caryn Leschen

- I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack me at once.
-Jennifer Unlimited

- If ! you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning. (aka Bridg's mantra)
-Catherine

- When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!
-Kathy Buckley

- I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb -- and I'm also not blonde.
-Dolly Parton

- If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
-Sue Grafton

- I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
-Roseanne Barr

- When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country..
-Elayne Boosler-

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
-Maryon Pearson

- In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
-Margaret Thatcher

- I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
-Gloria Steinem

- I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
-Zsa Zsa Gabor-

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
-Eleanor Roosevelt-

Friday, September 09, 2005

The Joker Went Wild

Thanks, I think, Vic....

Football FINALLY makes sense..........

A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team's bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. "Oh, I really liked it," she replied, "especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents." Dumbfounded, her date asked, "What do you mean?" "Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was: 'Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!' I'm like...Helloooooo? It's only 25 cents!!!!

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> The guy says, 'Wwwell wwwhat is it, ddoc?"> Doc says, "Well, it's your penis, it's about a foot long and all the> downward pressure is putting a strain on your vocal cords." Guy says,> "Wwwhat cccan we dddo?" Doc says, "Well, I can cut it off and transplant a> shorter one." Guy says, "Dddo it!"> The guy has the operation and three weeks later, he comes back into> the doctor's office and says, "Doc, you solved the problem and I don't> stutter anymore, but I've only had sex once in the past three weeks.> My wife doesn't like it anymore. She liked it with my long one.> I don't care if I have to stutter, just put it back on!">> The Doc says, "Nnnnope. A ddddeal's a dddeal!
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This happened in a little town in Newfoundland, and even though it
>>sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's absolutely true. This
>>guy was on the>>>>side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark
night in the middle of >>a>>terrible rainstorm, and no cars were
on the road. The storm was so>>strong the guy could hardly see
a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, >>he saw a car>>>>come toward
him and stop.The guy, without thinking about it, got in >>the
>>car and closed the door and only then did he realize that there was
>>nobody behind the wheel! The cars started to move very slowly.
The >>guy looked>>at the road and saw a curve coming his way.

Petrified, he started to >>pray,>>begging for his life. He had not
come out of shock when, just >>before the>>car hit the curve,
a hand suddenly appeared through the window and >>moved the
>>>>steering wheel.The guy, now paralyzed in terror, watched
how the >>hand appeared every time the car was approaching a
>>curve.

Finally, although terrified, the guy managed to open the >>door
>>and jump out of the spooky car. Without looking back, the guy ran
>>through>>the storm all the way to the nearest town. Soaking wet,
exhausted >>and in a>>state of utter shock, the pale, visibly shaken
guy, walked into a>>nearby bar and asked for two shots of Screech.

Then, still trembling >>with>>>>fright, he started telling everybody
in the bar about the horrible >>experience he just went through with
the spooky car with no driver >>and>>the mysterious>>hand that
kept appearing. Everyone in the bar listened in silence >>and>>
became frightened, listening to this eerie story, hairs stood on >>
end when they realized the guy was telling the truth because he was
>>crying and he definitely was not drunk!About half an hour later two
>>guys walked into>>the same bar and one said to the other,
"Look, me son, there's the arsehole who got into the car while we were pushing it!"

Laughing

A guy is in the check-out line at the supermarket when he notices that a
>>> rather sumptuous blonde behind him has just raised her hand and smiled
>>> hello to>>> him. He is rather taken aback that this "looker" would be waving to him,
>>> and>>> although familiar he can't place where he might know her from...... so
>>> he>>> says "Sorry, do I know you?"
She replies "I may be mistaken, but I thought you might be the father of one of my children."
>>> His mind shoots back to the one and only time he has been unfaithful.
>>> "Holy crap," he says, "are you that stripper from my bachelor party that
>>> I>>> screwed on the pool table in front of all my friends while your
>>> girlfriend whipped me with some wet celery and stuck a cucumber up my behind?"
>>>>>> ............"No," she replies, "I'm your son's English Teacher."

Have a Nice Day

Geez that's gotta be the first time I've used a current song title except for the U2 one. HOW ARE YOU WORLD???

Bridg is winning, she thinks.

Got agreement from Mr. B, in front of a witness no less, that I can leave as of Sept. 26 to the new job. They are putting their commitment to staff me in writing, and they are taking their time to protect me and my salary. I had a meeting with Mr. B and NB today in the afternoon. I am sure it was scheduled to make me sweat, he was hanging around all day and so was NB. Be that as it may, NB counseled me that Mr. B wanted a commitment re staffing, and gave me some ideas of wording to use. I did it, and the place I'm going to was so nice, so considerate and kind, I almost cried (inside. Outside I am so tough...). So during the afternoon meeting, I mentioned that it was after consultation with Mr. X (Mr. B's new boss, and former boss of my yet-to-be boss) that it was decided to protect my salary.

All my years' experience with this lad (Mr. B) indicated that Mr. B would insist/count on me taking a demotion. Thank God for the kindness and professionalism of the new people. And there was no way he could argue, with Mr. X's backing of the whole thing.

We'll see if Mr. B actually signs the thing. I'll be very surprised if that happens, but hey stranger things have happened.

So I left work to get my hair done (I hate looking like a brown and white zebra), was finished at 6:00 and here I am. It's just sinking in slowly. Will give 2 weeks' notice, am taking one week of that off. New job's new boss wants to get the paperwork done on Monday. OK with me!

So by the time Pauly gets back from holidays, I'll be gone. S will still be on vacation out west. Oh well. As long as it happens.

Thank you all so much for your support. I could not have done it without you.

Not that it's over yet (LOL). It ain't over till it's over.....hugs to all, Bridg

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I Knew I Loved You

Yea Savage Garden!

It took almost 2 hours to drive into work today (20 minute trip on a weekend). A tractor-trailer had crashed the median of this city's main highway and hit a vehicle going the other way at 2:00 a.m. At 8:00 a.m. the highway was still closed. The truck was carrying spools of some metal (those big giant thingies) and they tore up the pavement (one lane). The driver didn't survive the accident.

And neither did the a.m. commute. Accidents everywhere. Just cranked up Savage Garden and decided that nothing was going to happen on time today. And was right. Was half an hour late, which isn't bad considering. We had an all-morning meeting that was scheduled at a time when I would be available (I was planning on being in another job at the end of the month. Still am). So had to show up. Tried not to talk as much as I usually do, and for the most part succeeded. To quote NB (new boss) "you're the corporate memory". This is silly, there is someone else in the group who's been here since 1976 (15 years longer than I), but he's not the type to readily come up with facts. It takes a great deal of reflection on his part to come up with an answer, and when he does it is pages long. If any of you have taken the Myers Briggs personality inventory test, or are familiar with it, this guy's a typical ISTJ. If you want to check it out, try this site: http://www.similarminds.com/. It's pretty cool.

Annnnyway, world, did I mention that Mr. B is getting a new boss on Monday? A really really good guy? He's very high up. Anyway, he is coming FROM the place that I might be going TO. That was bad enough (to leave just when the cavalry is coming), but on top of that, the guy who is replacing Mr. Good Guy is someone who treated me like dirt a very long time ago (24 years ago). I would be one person away from working with this guy. Basically, he dumped a very very important job on me, while I had 5 other ones due at the same time. So I finished off the five, stayed up literally all night long, and carried off the project he dumped on me. By then he got scared/had second thoughts about not doing the job so he came with me. No biggie as far as I was concerned. But not exactly the best way to behave, if you ask me. I'd only been on the job 5 weeks at the time, didn't even have time to get biz cards printed, and had just joined this org after burning out at my previous job (95 hour weeks for 4 years will do that to you).

So the whole thing might be off, if that man feels about me the same way that I feel about him. At this point, I do not care if I get the job or not. I would love to escape Mr. B, but don't want to wind up working for another Mr. B, and also be there temporarily. I'd be better off where I am now, even with Mr. B.

Sooo the paperwork has to be signed off by both Mr. B and Mr. Good Guy's replacement. I will find out at that point if there will be a problem or not. If he signs off, fine. If not, fine too.


*Bridg is banging head into desk, ouch ouch ouch*

The good part about today is (a) I got to spend a fair bit of time talking to S, who is a real sweetie; (b) didn't have to do any work, just talk at this meeting; (c) had pizza for lunch AND dinner and (d) I got to play with two adorable doggies who live across the street when I got home. And no, the Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe didn't object, in fact I think she liked the scent.

Mr. B was not at work again. He did something with a log and that hurt his back. There was another time that a tree fell on him months ago. I am now developing an image of the trees ganging up on the guy every time he comes near them. Wonder if he abuses timber also? Hmmmmmmm

OK OK bad karma, I take that back. But it does make one wonder....

Talked with M for a long time. He and I talked this thing over for a very long time, and both of us were changing our minds as we 'thought out loud'. Came up with the conclusion that I may be worrying for nothing, and not to cancel but wait and see.

I hate waiting.

Oh well, Someone Up There is trying to either teach me patience or is having a very good laugh at my expense. Either way, I am so not in control so will just let things develop on their own like they will anyway.

When I think back to what the psychics said...the first one said that a job would come up that would seem effortless--just to fall out of the sky/be easy to get. She said don't take that one, something better is coming. The second guy said he saw me changing jobs once, then again very soon thereafter.

Does anyone have a fairly accurate 8 ball?

Lol

Hope you're safe and well tonight, world!

Bridg

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

No Brains Allowed

Hola world, hope you're not dealing with the same phone company that I was. WAS!!

There was/is a Feliciano song called No Dogs Allowed. Couldn't find them on the 'net but...the spirit's the same.

Local phones where I am now have an alternative to Bell (I know, the U.s. did this ages ago. Canada just takes longer to do such things). I HAD switched over but just sent an e mail requesting to move back to Bell, much as I dislike large organizations. Why? Try spending an hour on hold (no kidding, I timed it) and then wind up talking to someone in Asia who cannot understand English. Not once, but on two different occasions. And they still won't believe that I have an e mail service with them. It's my main account!!That's it for me. I don't deal with stupid people well, and certainly not when I don't have to.

My Mom's phone wasn't working today either (she switched also). It took me from 7:00 till 9:20 to get it fixed, and I mean nonstop. That is outrageous. And dangerous, given her frail condition.

The same company also operates (the only) cable service available. I took them up on a two months free for digital offer. That was a few posts ago--the guy who watched me move books? That one. Anyway, I now get over 300 channels. Offering not much more than what I had prior to digital, at $20 more a month.

These.folks.are.stupid.

Or they think I am.


On the flip side, heard from the folks who want to hire me today at work. They want me there in two weeks. Exactly. I am quite sure that Mr. B will do his best to drag this out and in general get in the way. Except for one teeny tiny consideration---if he screws this up, I'm here forever. And he hates my guts (need I say, it's quite mutual?). So it is in his best interests to get me the hell out of his hair. Despite that, he has managed to scuttle an assignment opportunity I had about a year ago. Maybe he learned from that.

He wasn't at work today, so I discussed this with new boss (NB). In exactly those terms (it's this or forget it). I left it to NB to deal with Mr. B tomorrow, I sure don't want to. The hiring is a two year assignment, which gives them the ability to bring me over at my current (unusually high, I admit it) salary. So Mr. B would likely balk because it isn't permanent. Permanent is their intention but they are broke and only have funding (so far) for one year. Potential new boss was joking that they'd sell pencils in the street to get me there. LOL. Think I really like this guy.

HIS boss (potential new boss' boss) is someone I've worked with before. Has tons of integrity and guts and guess what? He just got sent over to work where I am now (with Mr. B) as boss of, among other things, Mr. B. Took effect this afternoon. Heh heh heh there is a God and He has a terrific sense of humor AND timing!!! Now it doesn't matter whether I move or not.

Well, except that I"ve gotten myself all detached emotionally and want to move.

Ah well. Let's see what tomorrow brings.

As long as the bleeping phones work.

Went to physio again tonight, so there is no pain. This will last about another day. How sweet it is!!!Lack of pain is a marvelous thing.

Talked to M about the maybe new job. He wasn't much help. In fact, he was way off base. AND he didn't answer phone calls, just e mail.

Not.impressed.
I know he isn't that busy.

Ever gotten to a point where all you want to do is crawl into a shell and hole up there for a year or two? Yep that's exactly how I feel. The odds are that no one would notice all that much, but I"d be cut off from the aggravation all around me.

That sounds good.

Sorry if this sounds bitchy, I just can't stand dealing with stupid people, especially for two hours in a row for their mistake. And it looks like tomorrow is going to be more of the same. Sigh. I"ll make up for it by dragging the guys out to lunch. Oh damn I can't, we're in a 'retreat' tomorrow. Oh well.
There will be pizza there too!

Hope your phone are working, world?
Hang in there, New Orleans!!

Bridg