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What a long strange week

Man it's been a bitch this week. I've worked at least 10 hours each day and sometimes 12, hence a lack of posts to LJ this week. Massive construction going on in our office. We now work to the soothing sounds of drywall sanders and pnuematic hammers. I tried to get into the scanner room the other day to scan some slides for the Carpentry book and everything was covered with a fine layer of drywall dust. Not a good thing for scanners, color printers and computers. I had to spray the scanner bed with anti-static air and then take glass cleaner to the surface just so I could get some clear scans. No telling what all the dust is doing to the computer fans. Yesterday morning one of the apprentice electricians decided he needed to kill the building power without telling anyone. Unfortunately our local area network power suply was hooked to that power grid. So the head electrician comes running down the hall telling the guy he fucked up. He was supposed to notify the network admin. before he did that. Of course everyone over here in production has all their day-to-day work stored on the network so as not to lose it in a hard drive crash. So then Mr. Brilliant electrician decides to just flip the switch to turn everything back on. Well the resulting power surge fried the power supply. Luckily the APS surge protectors caught most of it and it didn't get through to the Server hard drive or someone would have been in a world of hurt. Still it fucked up the day for most of us not being able to work off the network. It's back up today because the network admin worked tirelessly through the night, putting in a new power supply. All this in the midst of creating a new network anyway.

Wednesday we get a memo that the Corppration has decided to take away casual Fridays. Not a good thing to tell a bunch of people who are already pissed at the Corporation for taking away tenure incentives earlier in the year and giving everyone else in the Corpoaration at $500 bonus except for our division. Plus all of us photo editors are in a pissy mood because we are up against the wall on 4 books right now. The Corp shortened our deadlines last month. Realize that most of us in Production are on salary so we don't get paid any more for working 60 hours a week than we do if we worked 40 hours.

Going to pick up fireworks for the NC trip tomorrow. I got word the mushrooms have finally started popping up so I'll be in the woods tonight.

I had dreams of being chased by two cartoon badgers on Sunday. Deb has been dreaming of killing me the past two mornings. In her sleep she said she would put my body in the freezer. I said I was too big to fit in the freezer. She said, not if I chop you up into little pieces. Of course when I told her this over dinner at Chilli's last night she didn't remember. That's called Sleep-killing I guess. Should I be scared? I'm to tired to care or be scared.

I did something I haven't done in a long time last night. Stress built up and I just went out and got drunk. Two 24 oz Blue Pacific margaritas at Chilli's did the trick. Tequilla, Cointreau and Blue Curacao. Not even a hangover this morning but I won't tempt fate by doing it again anytime soon.

Oh well, nothing else going on. Just more work.

Oh, I'm going to see The Cult (one of my all time favorite bands) at the a very small venue here in Peoria called the Madison Theater. I think it seats like 2000 maybe. I will be going to that concert...Oh yes...I will be going to that concert. I was going to treat myself to Tesla in a couple weeks but the Cult blows that idea away.

Peace,

Wander

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ryl
Apr. 20th, 2001 09:24 am (UTC)
Badgering the Witness
Cartoon badgers? Were you wearing cartoon corduroys?
wander
Apr. 20th, 2001 09:27 am (UTC)
Re: Badgering the Witness
Nope, I was real. I haven't worn corduroys since 1989. I still remember exactly what I was doing at the time though.

Wander

ryl
Apr. 20th, 2001 09:29 am (UTC)
Re: Badgering the Witness
I understand. I've had some wierd ass dreams too. The strangest was one where I was kissing Egon from the Ghostbusters. Not the movie, the cartoon series. The one with the hair roll on top of his head.
wander
Apr. 20th, 2001 09:40 am (UTC)
Re: Badgering the Witness
That's wierd girl. I was throwing horse shoes at the badgers for some reason. The horseshoes were real too. The badgers finally got the better of me and jumped on top of me. One was male and one female. We worked out a compromise where i could still live on my farm and they could live there too. I did tell them I was putting in a fishing pond and they seemd OK with that.

Wander

dragoneerl
Apr. 20th, 2001 09:31 am (UTC)
Les Vendredis Occasionnels sont morts. Vive les Vendredis Occasionnels.

Le Dragoneer

wander
Apr. 20th, 2001 09:42 am (UTC)
Re:
Ok, please a translation. I'm too streesed to look it up It does look profound though.

Wander

dragoneerl
Apr. 20th, 2001 09:55 am (UTC)
'Tis okay...it's been so long since I took French that I'm not sure everything's properly conjugated. The basic gist of the message was:

Casual Fridays are dead. Long live Casual Fridays.

Or something thereabouts. I was merely lamenting this latest injustice handed down to you by the Corporate Devils. An insurrection may be in order.

Dragoneer
Vive la resistance.
wander
Apr. 20th, 2001 10:01 am (UTC)
Re:
Well a letter is at least in order. If I decide to go through with it, I'll post it.

Peace,

Wander who now sits here in khaki pants and a polo shirt on a Friday. The death of the creative mind.



dragoneerl
Apr. 20th, 2001 10:07 am (UTC)
Wander qui se repose maintenant ici dans le pantalon kaki et une chemise de polo le vendredi. La mort de l'esprit créateur.

My god, everything sounds profound in French. I'm even less sure that this is proper French, though. I used the Altavista translator, so you have to take it with that in mind.

Yeah, I say let 'em have it. Haven't they ever heard of something called employee morale?

Dragoneer
wander
Apr. 20th, 2001 10:22 am (UTC)
Re:
For years we have been Known as Glencoe - a division of the McGraw-Hills Companies. Then two years ago it was changed to Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. Then just recently we've been seeing leters with the heading, The McGraw-Hills Companies and no Glencoe at all. They think that buy gradually absorbing us into the Corporate mentality that we will suddenly act corporate. But they don't seem to want to extend any of the corporate benefits that other offices enjoy like entertainment discounts, cost of living increases and flex time. Still, I love my job and the company has a lot of opportunities to offer. You just have to know when to jump or you will get run over by the big corporate steamroller.

Wander

ryl
Apr. 20th, 2001 03:10 pm (UTC)
McGraw-Hills the textbook publishing company?

Casual Fridays are a state of mind. The clothes merely get you in the mood. Anyway, you can look casual in a pair of khakis if you wear them right. Attitude is everything.

Ryl, who can look casual in a prom dress
wander
Apr. 20th, 2001 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re:
Yes McGraw-Hill Textbook Publishing Company. Didn't you know that's what I was talking about when I was talking about working on books. Yeah, I know casual Fridays are a state of mind. It just feels bad when they make a point of taking something away from you.

Casual in a prom dress huh? Sounds like we need to sit down and talk sometime.

Peace,

Wander
ryl
Apr. 20th, 2001 03:56 pm (UTC)
Uh-oh.
*quickly tucks in shirt, cleans shoes, brushes hair, and freshens makeup*
wander
Apr. 23rd, 2001 07:05 am (UTC)
Re:
Oh please. Don't clean up for me. I'm a pretty casual person myself. Just ask Cuddles.

Wander

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