March 9th, 2006


Where've I been?!

I've not posted in six days... longer since I've posted anything of substance.  Sorry about that.

"Thanks to the magic of the Internet, your 'private' thoughts can become unintentionally public sometimes."

That's the quote I started off my speech with last Friday night.

You see, when I posted my farewell to an old family friend, I wasn't counting on the fact that Mom (who occasionally frequents, which syndicates the old ElJay here) would take the post and pass it on to Lloyd, Len's partner.  Nor did I think that Lloyd would ask me to be one of the speakers at Len's Memorial Service.  But she did, and he did, and so I drove to Redding on Friday morning for my first stint as a... I don't even know what you call it.

Anyway, Lloyd slated me as the last speaker, so my treatise on Love became the closing to what was actually a wonderful celebration.  They held it at the theater.  About 130 or so people were there.  Standing room only.  Lloyd and Len's friends and family, and all of the theater folk.  There were folks there I'd not seen since I was 17 years old who had made the trip from wherever they'd moved away to so they could be there.  Even my 7th and 8th grade science teacher was there.  But again, everything went off without a (major) hitch.  I was complimented on my words.  And there was such an enormity of love in the room that it was almost overwhelming at times.

I'm glad I went.

the guy... with the words...

Why it's good to be me... a meme!

So I've decided that I'm going to start my own meme.  I'm going to find 100 reasons why it's good to be me, and every day for the next 100 days (give or take depending on posting ability) I'm going to post one of the reasons.

Why?  Not because I'm a cheerleader and want to make everyone happy.  Not because I'm bragging about myself or my life.  But because there are times when I find that if I don't think about the good stuff, the bad stuff can seem more overwhelming that it really is, and as such, taking the time to stop and say "Regardless of what's going on, there is still some good in my life" helps to put those minor annoyances back into perspective.

If you want to play along, feel free.  But don't feel obligated to do so.

pessimist by nature, optimist by choice

#100 - My Job

Today was one of those days where I really love what I do to pay the bills.  Here's how the day went:

9:00 AM - Alarm Rings
Repeat every 9 minutes until almost 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - Roll out of bed, check email, take phone call from co-worker about her stomach flu
10:30 AM - Shower
11:00 AM - Check Moron Life webstats and other random internets stuff.
11:30 AM - Leave for work.
11:45 AM - Arrive at work. Park. Walk the block to the restaurant.
11:47 AM - Drop off stuff in office, grab paycheck, hit the floor.
11:50 AM to 1:30 PM - Seat people, run food, answer phones
1:45 PM - Sit down to roasted half chicken in fig/olive/almond sauce over polenta and a glass of Sauvignon Bianco.
2:30 PM - Adjourn to the office for Superquiz.
3:00 PM - Chocolate Gelato Break!
3:30 PM - Sit down in Enoteca for Wine Tasting Class
Bottle 1 $28 Corvina
Bottle 2 $60 Chianti Classico Reserva
Bottle 3 $83 Amarone
Bottle 4 $90 Valpiocello
Bottle 5 $200 Tignello (1990 rare vintage)

5:30 PM - Wander the restaurant feeling all Manager like through the wine haze.
6:00 PM - Snack on dinner being consumed by other employees who are still recovering from wine haze.
7:00 PM - Snack on desert being consumed by other employees who are still recovering from wine haze.
7:45 PM - Pack up.
8:00 PM - Clock out.
8:03 PM - Sit at bar with a drink and talk with co-workers for half an hourish.
8:45 PM - Arrive home for Colbert Report, Scrubs and #99

Teh Aw3som3