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Saturday Morning Post

This was the first full work week I’ve had in a little while, thanks to holidays and back-to-back colds, and I swear it feels shorter than the short weeks.  It’s a strange phenomenon, this.  As much as I love three day weekends, I’m always surprised at how long the following week feels.  A four day week can feel like it takes ten days to finish.

Speaking of work, I finally finished the computer rollout at work.  The months of setbacks and confusion and frustration made this a project unequalled in my entire career, and I had some pretty low moments.  Since my work wife fallulah71 left in October, I’ve been doing my job and hers until a replacement is hired.  The toll that’s taken on me has been profound because there were very few duties I could reassign to other people.  I do admit that staff have been pretty patient with me (with a few exceptions, as there always are), and I’m grateful because they certainly could have made things a lot harder. Still, it’s been a difficult five months and I have no idea when a replacement will arrive.  Maybe never, who knows?

On Wednesday we had our annual all-staff meeting where they hand out longevity awards.  I got my 15 year pin (it has a single sapphire atom), even though I’ve actually been here 16 years because of where my hire date falls.  It’s a weird feeling to see a chunk of my life represented in a tiny metal pin like that.  I was 26 when I started, and I’m not sure I even recognize that guy any more.  My hair was certainly darker and thicker.  I have no idea where the time went.

I don’t think I mentioned it here, but a couple of Saturdays ago, as I was taking a nap I heard someone pounding on my door. I don’t often answer my door if I’m not expecting someone because, well, it’s my property and my house and I don’t much care if a stranger knows I’m inside ignoring them.  This time the knocking continued and I heard someone calling my name.  I went to find out what the fuss was all about and when I opened my door, there was a car parked in my front yard on top of my picket fence.  My goodness, my neighborhood came ALIVE.  Such excitement on Jay Street!  Apparently a guy up the street didn’t curb his wheels, nor did he properly set his parking break and his car slowly rolled down the hill until it came to rest on my fence.  I called the cops and while we were waiting, Old Guy Bob who lives next door animatedly told all of us about the time his daughter crashed his brand new car into the post in front of his house.  He was SO THRILLED to tell this story, and then he repeated everything to his wife Betty, who is deaf, so she could get up to speed with events.  The cops finally arrived, knocked on doors until they found the car’s owner, and he stumbled down to my house in a daze (he was napping too).  He was very apologetic about the whole thing, and I got all of his insurance information after he dug around in his car for a really long time.  A couple of days later I called his insurance company, which he had also done, and they were very friendly and helpful about filing a claim.  As soon as I got an estimate for repairs and emailed it to them, they cut me a check.  No quibbling, no delays, no fuss at all.  When have you ever heard of an insurance company doing that?  Here’s the kicker:  the car happened to crash through the part of my fence that was only being held together with sunshine and good wishes.  I’ve been meaning to replace it for some time and just hadn’t gotten around to it yet, so he pretty much did me a favor by knocking it down.  Also, the estimate was double what I thought it was going to cost, so the check was a lot more than I expected.  So I’m going to remove the rest of the fence, put in some boxwood hedges that won’t require a lot of attention and move on with my life.  That’s a win in my book.

Lately I’ve had a rather mysterious ant problem in my house.  They always end up in my bathroom, usually in the tub, and I haven’t got a clue where they’re coming from.  There aren’t any in the kitchen, where I’m sure they would find plenty of things to get excited about, and as I’m not exactly doing cartwheels in the shower, flinging water all over the place, they aren’t finding any water sources either.  What’s more, no matter how careful I am about getting rid of the scouts, more will reappear the second I look away.  I’m suspecting they’re being deposited by micro wormholes.  It’s the only logical explanation.

Today's plans include hitting the thrift stores in town and hopefully finding some good junk.  Chris and I have had pretty good luck in the past, but there are days when you don't find anything worth a nickle.  I have no idea what I'm shopping for, but I'll know what it is when I see it.  Isn't that really the best technique when it comes to treasure hunting?

Anyway, I hope all is well where you are.  I've been lurking on LJ in my cloaking device, reading posts and commenting here and there.  Go have some ice cream tonight.  You have my full endorsement.

Comments

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sahlah
Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
What a lovely post - I can just imagine the neighborhood excitement. Not every day you get a relatively harmless accident that everyone can feel good about. :)

Sorry for the work strain. I feel your pain. Hopefully you will get a replacement person, takes an act of god here for a re-hire.

Have fun at the thrift store on your treasure hunt.
supermatt41
Mar. 3rd, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
It was fun, in a way, to have an accident like this happen where no one was hurt, the property damage wasn't something that troubled me at all, and people were friendly about the whole thing. Naturally, I'm glad it wasn't far worse, because it certainly could have been
rockingthemike
Mar. 3rd, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I got my 15 year pin (it has a single sapphire atom), even though I’ve actually been here 16 years because of where my hire date falls. It’s a weird feeling to see a chunk of my life represented in a tiny metal pin like that.

i know that feeling all to well matt. i was working for a college for nearly six and a half years. at the five year mark you're supposed to get a pen (a really nice one, coincidently). i didn't hear about this until i was there nearly six years, and inquired. i was told that human resources takes about a year to issue the pen and the written announcement (really? a total organizational staff of 500 with hr staff of 6 and it takes you a full year to recognize the maybe three people a year that get that benchmark? oooookay...). so finally, two months before i leave for greener pastures, i get the pen, but they forget to include my name on the written notice. they retract it, amend it, and then send it back out, but forget to send include me on the e-mail distribution list.

i was flabbergasted to say the least.
supermatt41
Mar. 3rd, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Why bother honoring staff at all if it's going to be handled that poorly? Honestly, it can't be that hard, can it? A nice pen sounds kind of cool actually. I don't think there's anything given out for five years, only after the ten year mark are things given out every five years.

I know many people dont't care about this sort of thing, but I really wanted that pin. It's a marker for that chunk of my life and I wanted something symbolic for it. At least I actually got it. And I'm surprised how much the cheering of staff meant to me when it was handed out. I'm a sap sometimes.
rockingthemike
Mar. 4th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
all questions that i asked at the time. oh well, that was almost three years ago, onto bigger and better things (though i do still use the pen on a daily basis, and i've never had to replace the ink!
anita_margarita
Mar. 3rd, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Be glad they didn't also hand you one of those leftover Eagles too.

Occasionally I get ants in my bathtub also - beats those swimming spiders! - and they seem to come out of the faucet, though how they got there remains a mystery
supermatt41
Mar. 4th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Where did all those extra eagles end up? She had dozens!

Yeah I'll take ants over spiders any day.
runawaytroll
Mar. 4th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
We had the same kind of excitement across the road from us last year. A car ran straight into a house. No one was hurt and we suspect the driver and passenger switched places before anyone got out. People came from blocks away and they stayed until the last emergency vehicle left.
supermatt41
Mar. 4th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
There's nothing like a little live-action entertainment. I'm surprised no one was hurt in the car-vs-house incident!
yummydeb
Mar. 4th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
A good catch-up post, that's what I like :-). ...a single sapphire atom... made me laugh. 15 (16) years in the same job is pretty impressive, nowadays. Remember when people used to go into a job fresh out of high school and stay there until they retired? Different world now... Go you for having endurance :-D. Though it does sound like times are incredibly tough as you take on so much more work without any relief in sight :-(.

YAY for no-hassle, no-quibbling insurance payouts! And for the lucky placement of the smash :-).

Did you get good junk?

Which sounds like a euphemism, but isn't, even though with me it usually is. :-D

I had chocolate ice cream last Tuesday, the first ice cream I'd had in MONTHS, and I tipped my little plastic shovel-shaped spoon in your direction, in salute.
supermatt41
Mar. 4th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
I did indeed get good junk! A stack of books for $2, and TWO rotary phones in colors I don't have for $5 each. That find thrilled me to no end. I do love it when the hunting pays off, you know?

Well done, Ice Cream Army Volunteer!
greeknrussian
Mar. 17th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Matty -my pin doesn't even have a "jewel" on it. It's plain. You are a lucky lucky man!
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