Friday, February 27, 2009

...I am a horrible blogger (redux)

I'm sorry, blog. I have been so very unattentative... I've been meaning to speak to you about this actually. You see, I've met someone and their name is Twitter; you may have bumped elbows at the last office party? Yes, the new kid... I've been so consumed with what's fast and easy (and it is sooo fast and sooo easy). I promise it's only a passing infatuation. (I hope that sounded sincere enough)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Waiting for Pon farr...

There is a girl at work, whom I really just adore and have grown kind of close to, who has lost her damn mind.

She has fallen head over heel with a boy at work who doesn't feel the same way, which in and of itself is not so unusual. Unrequited love is as common as, well... the common cold. It hits everyone once in a while; we all go through it. In this instance though she just cannot let go of him.

He likes her as a person (I'd be hard-pressed to think of anyone who wouldn't) so he enjoys spending time with her. She and her posse will grab him to go with them at lunch time; they go to the movies and bars and just generally hang out together.

In every way that she is a passionate person, he is a bit more cerebral and maybe a bit too reasonable. Almost Vulcan in his thinking. He told her from the get-go that he simply will not date anyone with whom he works and has stuck to his guns about it. He probably does have feelings for her, but has remained true to his word.

If she can just hold out till he enters Pon farr, she might have a chance then...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A little project...

I decided that with all the time I spend online, that some of it should be useful.

On flickr there are a lot of people who have done 365 projects: a photo a day for a year. Some of them are absolutely awesome like this lego one... I want to try my hand at one. So I am doing 365 days of self-portraits. I have heard, you have heard the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words? Well sometimes a thousand words just isn't enough. With each photo that I upload I am going to try and include some thoughts about the day or just crap that pops into my head.

I will try to include as many of these photos and thoughts here as well. So, if you see some strange headers here in the blog (like "365 :: 02.12.09 :: day two") those are part of that series.

365 :: 02.12.09 :: day two

I had my nieces and nephew over tonight. I simply adore those kids. I'll upload some photos of them from their visit after I'm done with this.

I am not one to play favorites typically, but the middle child, Hannah has a special place in my heart. Maybe because she's a smart ass like her uncle Matt.

She came over to visit once and wasn't quite three years old yet. I was laying in bed watching television. She crawled up and laid down next to me, watching the TV with me. Out of nowhere she twisted to the side and kicked me and said, "Move over, butt." I moved over and she said, "You know what, Matt?"


"You're a butt, Matt!"

When she came over tonight (she's almost 6 now) I reminded her of that night and what she had said and done. She looks at me with the most mischievous grin and says, "Matt, you're still a butt..."

pissed off

02.11.09 day one
Originally uploaded by BigMisterC
I got really pissed off at work today. My boss has been talking me up to move me into a supervisory position in my department. Not too long ago I was the department all by myself. But now there are two of us in the client services department and there are two pathology secretaries and a transcriptionist that would all be under me. I would also take over supervision of the send out department from the phlebotomy supervisor. It's a big step and quite a bit more responsibility than I am saddled with now. Hopefully it will come with a bit more in the way of monetary compensation. Lord knows I could use it.

So, the new position has been going through the administrative wheels and cogs and has yet to be finalized and approved but my boss keeps assuring me that it is coming. While I am waiting (months) for this to happen, the chief pathologist or someone in pathology decided we need another pathology secretary because we're taking on a new client that might potentially sending us quite a bit of work. That position got approved in less than a week.

Do we need another pathology secretary? I don't think so. At the very least, we should try and tackle the extra workload with our current staff to see if another position in warranted... but that's just my opinion. And I am not in any sort of management position... yet.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Disturbing bathroom configurations

We are going through renovations at work and while that is happening my office has been temporarily moved to another building that joined to the hospital main building. The bathrooms in this building are extremely small. By my estimation they can't be any larger than 4' x 4'. It's basically a linen closet with a sink and toilet.

Without divulging too much about my bodily functions, let's just say that I am very regular and leave it at that. At least at one point in the work day I will have to have a B.M. The bathroom in my building is not suited for this. Not only is it small but the toilet seat is at a weird angle, slightly turned to the wall. And, there is no ventilation whatsoever.

So when I feel the need to drop a deuce I walk over the hospital's main building and usually go into the first bathroom I come to as I enter, which is right by the gift shop. Being a hospital there are all sorts of handicapped-accessible restrooms all over the place and this is one of them. The stall with the toilet in it it very large. So large that it even has its own sink, right in the stall. Above the sink is a mirror which is attached to the wall at an angle, leaning slightly forward so that someone confined to a wheelchair can clearly see themselves.

Here is the disturbing part:
The sink is directly across from the toilet. I sit down and I have a front row seat to my own B.M. Nice, huh? It could have been placed to the left or the right slightly; there's ample room... Nope!

Didn't anybody think about these things when they designed the room!? Evidently not.

This is not the first time I have run into this sort of short-sightedness.

When we went to go buy our car it was quite a lengthy process bartering and bargaining with the finance person to try and get the payments in a range that worked well for us. As this was going on and the person with whom we were dealing was on the phone, I excused myself to go to the bathroom (no, not a number 2).

I walk down the hall and into the men's room, which is laid out very nicely. Potted plants, nice pictures on the walls, etc. And over the sink is a huge mirror made up of individual mirrored tiles that stretched the entire width of the wall. To the right of the sink is... the toilet. I position myself in front of the toilet, unzip my fly and... wow! There it is...

Of course, being the smartass that I am I simply could not resist mentioning the glaring flaw in the layout of the bathroom to the finance person, much to her embarrassment and much, much more to my wife's mortification.

Monday, February 2, 2009


My free "pro" status from being an AT&T (nee SBC/Yahoo) DSL customer is coming to a close so I am uploading as much as I can. I just put up all the photos I took from Pablo & Christina's wedding.