Archive for the ‘Day to day’ Category

Work-related suspension of disbelief

September 19th, 2014 No comments

In my almost completed first week of this new job I have:

A: heard what I only knew as buzzwords used in a competent, earnest fashion.

B: watched a PowerPoint about company values that didn’t make me want to scratch my eyes out.

C. was told I didn’t need to eat lunch at my desk because missing customer calls wasn’t the end of the world.


C’mon, no work place can really function like this. What’s the catch?


Four plaid shirts aren’t enough?

May 8th, 2014 No comments

I’ve been watching all the Blazer games at my boys’ bar The High Dive. Getting ready for my day I grab a shirt to change into from my work uniform and I realize I’ve worn that same plaid shirt to a few of the games. So I grab, my other plaid shirt instead.

My wardrobe is hella small. I sweat too much for cotton but wicky tees are all solid colors and I do NOT have the body for that. Get with it, funny printed t-shirt makers! I’m looking at you,!!!

And NO I’m not wearing fscking polos.


You know this talk is AWESOME because normally I DGAF about TED.

March 15th, 2014 No comments

Plus, I’m embedding it. How often do I do that?

[ted id=771]

h/t NPR: Is The Law Making Is Less Free? (spoiler: Yes!)

(use that link if the embed doesn’t work, WordPress seems to be doing something weird with embeds)

Some juicy bits:

Law has to be simple enough so that people can internalize it in their daily choices. If they can’t internalize it, they won’t trust it. And how do you make it simple? Because life is complex, and here is the hardest and biggest change: We have to restore the authority to judges and officials to interpret and apply the law.


As you’re going down, and walking down the sidewalk during the day, you have to think that if there is a dispute, there’s somebody in society who sees it as their job to affirmatively protect you if you’re acting reasonably. That person doesn’t exist today.

And to reassure my politically correct/progressive fans that this guy’s not some tool (and believe me, I was waiting to hear “tort reform” presented as a solution, it’s not)

… because we got into this legal quicksand because we woke up in the 1960s to all these really bad values: racism, gender discrimination, pollution — they were bad values. And we wanted to create a legal system where no one could have bad values anymore. The problem is, we created a system where we eliminated the right to have good values.

Damn. Can I get an amen?  Hopefully this guy doesn’t turn out to be some sheep humper.




It’s almost enough to make me believe in curses

March 12th, 2014 No comments

We, all three of us at work, spent 20 minutes looking for a special screwdriver bit so I could once again do something I’ve had no training in.

I opened the machinery with the special screwdriver with the special bit and it’s just plain borked. Boss tells me to deal with it.

Now I’ve lost the special screwdriver bit. One minute it was in the driver, the next minute it’s nowhere to be found.

I knew this line of work was a mistake, but holy shit it feels like somebody’s nailing that point home hard. I wish I could get word back that I just can’t afford to quit.


Happy Monday to me!

November 25th, 2013 No comments

So far, at least.

Before I even get to work I have an email from the boss. I normally don’t look at these, in fact my work iPhone is set to do not disturb when I leave work. So I don’t actually see this beautiful, wonderful, golden brown delicious email until I’m already at work.

It says, Jerk Boss needs me to go to the semi-abandoned building and do various near useless things. Then I may as well go to the Vancouver AND Troutdale buildings as well.

That’s at least three hours there.

Oh, darn.


Happy Friday to me!

November 22nd, 2013 No comments

I get to work and Jerk Boss is in a meeting. Coworker says he has to take me to the 3 other small buildings we maintain to familiarize me with them. I’ll have to cover them while he’s on vaca next week.

One’s in Troutdale.
One’s in Vancouver.
One is abandoned but we’re contractually obligated to spend 2 hours a day there while the boiler is for some reason running.




September 6th, 2013 No comments

First Thursday drankin’ with the furriners and I forgot to do my Alka-Seltzer. As usual it’s my stomach that suffered more, putting breakfast burrito day in jeopardy. I hate when breakfast burrito day is endangered.

Then Vancouver texts and calls to say the boss (who’s already effed up a good portion of my summer) was reminded of a project he’d forgotten about. So Vancouver started antagonizing him. Sigh.

We’ve received 4 work orders already.

But it’s raining (yay!), and this breakfast burrito is making my stomach feel better (whew!). There’s a chance I might be (or look) busy enough all day to avoid the boss. Maybe today won’t suck after all.


GPOYW: Ice Cream

July 24th, 2013 No comments
Now you want some. Ha ha.

Now you want some. Ha ha.


The family disapproves

July 24th, 2013 No comments

I caused some distress to an innocent family out on an evening perambulation. (you may have to zoom in a bit here)



GPOYW: Pizza!!!

April 3rd, 2013 No comments

GPOYW: Pizza!!!, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

So awesome.