Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
That reddish haze you can see in the background is the reflection of my umbrella, for those who insist upon knowing such things.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
This is especially for you, Mister Bum.
From the Pandacam yesterday:
ETA: Bum, it's for you because you so often razz me about the excessive bearish content of my blog posts.... That is the "little" cub climbing on top of his mama. I believe he is now over 70 pounds. She will probably wean him fairly soon, and then "kick him out," as Kay the panda narrator called it.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Only the lame-stream media would find it "surprising" that Michael Moore, who hates America, has come out in support of Leaky Julian. (The image below is a clickable link, in case you want to actually read the news story for yourself.)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Spotted at Target, while on a mission to score a 1 terabyte external hard drive on sale:
The only image-capturing device I had on my person was the Palm Pilot, so the photographic quality is not up to my usual standards.
Ahh... it may be a new EDITION, but it's not exactly a new RELEASE.... I'm just saying.
Posted by CrankyBeach at 11:32 AM
Sunday, December 5, 2010
And so it was that in the Kingdom of the Corporate Suits, a decree went forth that all matters shall be issued a support ticket, from start to finish.
Imagine the surprise and consternation, therefore, of the humbly-compliant minion when she received e-mails from a Top Suit inquiring on the status of several of her tickets.
Humble Minion bit her tongue and did not inform Top Suit that had he simply LOOKED into each of those tickets, the status thereof was copiously and scrupulously annotated therein. Rather, she sent forth dispatches to Top Suit informing him of the status of said cases, thereby wasting her precious time (although not nearly as precious as that of Top Suit, presumably, being a safe bet that Top Suit's level of remuneration equals several multiples of that of Humble Minion.
Humble Minion also refrained from pointing out that Top Suit should have known these things, being a Knight and Overseer in the very department of the Kingdom from whence the decree came forth, and being a Keeper of the Sacred Keys of Access to the ticketing system.
Humble Minion believes this would be a very good time to resurrect the "Bang Head Here" low-tech anti-stress kit that got such heavy use at her previous job.
Posted by CrankyBeach at 11:44 PM
Thursday, December 2, 2010
It's been a LONG work week.
All started Monday when I apparently kicked over quite a hornet's nest. My first mistake was in expecting that other people had actually done their jobs.... How silly of me. I only found out when my scheduled Tuesday morning trainee came looking for me, wondering why tech support had not contacted her to install her software.
Turns out the HR department had dropped the ball somewhere, and never passed it on to tech support. After a large blizzard of e-mails and intervention by my boss (who carries a very large metaphorical gun) I got started with the trainee only an hour and a half late... and it was a good thing she was the only one in the class; otherwise, I'd have had to reschedule the entire class, which tends to annoy people.
Then I had another class of 3 trainees yesterday and today. They're done, but I still have more to do with the first trainee tomorrow (she's getting different training; that's why she's not done and the others were).
Yep. Been a long week. But at least I have a job, and I even like the job most of the time. Best of all, it (mostly) pays the bills. Can't ask for a lot more than that these days.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Oops... did I just give away my age??
Thanks to Lizz and Tony, we've had a sort of blizzard-like class reunion on Facebook, with friend requests appearing seemingly out of nowhere and people linking to other people.
So hello (in no particular order) to Rod, Susan, April, Tony, Lizz, Mollie, Kathy, the other Kathy, Bonnie, Michael, Robert, and Robbie, who I have to admit I don't remember (but she's married to Tony, so that means she's all right by me). And all the other folk who haven't friended me yet, or vice versa.
Speaking of Tony, I will always remember that he was the big hotshot football hero who wasn't so high and mighty that he couldn't come up with a kind and cordial word for an uncool band geek (that would be me). I used to always ask him to predict how the football team was going to do that week, because I always had side bets going with the band director. And Tony, of course, was always right in his predictions. I still remember that last game of the season when he got majorly squashed and had to be taken away in an ambulance....
And since Rod said he's now reading my blog, I guess I better start posting more often.... Wouldn't want to disappoint the vast (ahem) audience, after all....