Archive for November, 2008

power failure

November 25, 2008

Something is wrong with my laptop.  I have to hold the power cord at an angle in the power jack on the side of the computer so that I’ll actually get a connection.  At this time, nothing but electrical tape is helping me.  Anyone know a good laptop doctor around Hamburg?  ‘Cause I got lots of money to spend on this shit right now, I don’t think.   ARRGGHH!!!!

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November 23, 2008

Last night I watched a Buffalo Sabres game and now today I am watching the Buffalo Bills, and there’s a common theme.  It seems like all the local advertising today, and just about all of the advertising during the Sabres game, was paid for by either health care providers, hospitals, or lawyers.  I get that lawyers have a lot of cash laying around.  I mean, hell, everyone is suing everyone else these days, and lawyers are cleaning up on the misery.  But hospitals?  How can they claim cash shortages and lobby the State for millions of dollars in corporate welfare operating subsidies and cry poor every time someone dares suggest a budget cut – and then sponsor the Sabres next power play?  Maybe y’all could cut down on the shitty commercials and lower my premiums, Blue Cross?  One more in a long series of aggravations today…

high on the mountain of work

November 19, 2008

I had to take an impromptu day off yesterday.  There were work and sick and kid issues in the household, and I didn’t have much choice.  I have now been reminded of why I don’t do that more often.  It is amazing how much work can pile up on me in one freaking day.   I had 10voice mails, 55 e-mails requiring immediate attention, and my entire morning was dedicated to answering questions for people that kept stopping by my cubicle.  I’ve got it manageable now, and will be caught up in about a day and half, but I hope I don’t have to take another day off for a while.

Maybe I’m not indispensable, but I sure feel like it right now!  The warm, sweet smell of job security!  Ooops, I’d better not say that out loud…

sunday minus bills

November 16, 2008

Sundays are really strange when there’s no Bills game.  I didn’t have to rush to get anywhere; didn’t have anything that had to get done before 1:00 pm.  The day was certainly not wasted.  In fact, I got a lot of things done.  I got the cushions for the lawn furniture stashed in the basement and the table and frames piled up next to the shed for the winter.  I cleaned up some more of the basement, and the kids now have a nice little play area down there. 

What I did NOT do was get the snowblower un-buried from the back of the shed.  I usually clean out the entire shed twice a year – spring and fall – and the biggest thing that accomplishes is getting the correct equipment to the from of the shed.  I hope we don’t get a heavy duty snow tonight because I am not confident that the lawnmower will be able to clear the driveway.  And wouldn’t you know, as I check the weather forecast for the next few days, what do I see?  Wild guess…

trains

November 14, 2008

It’s really quiet in the house tonight.  The kids went to bed without complaint or noise, my wife has gone to watch a movie, and I’ve got the Sabres game on with low volume.  In fact, the loudest noise in the house is the blare of train whistles in the distance as they leave Buffalo headed for who knows where.  It’s a peaceful sound that disappears from the consciousness during the daily routine and only returns when all else is quiet.  Mostly this is in the very late evening, when my mind is tired and the body is demanding rest.  Sometimes, though, when the kids go quietly and the TV is low and the stresses of the day have receded before fatigue slows my thoughts, I hear the train coming.  Or going, I suppose; it all depends on your perspective.  And the whistle that signals the passage in the night is a familiar, dependable sound.  Comfort.  Home.

scenes from a 2000 windstar

November 13, 2008

I don’t know what it is, but I cannot stop listening to Billy Joel’s “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” in my van.  Every day.  I have it on an MP3 CD with 96 other songs, and I also have AM, FM, SIrius, and 50 other CDs in my car.  Something about that song…

Brenda and Eddie were the popular steadies and the King and the Queen of the prom.  Riding around with the car top down and the radio on, nobody looked any finer or was more of a hit at the Parkway Diner.  We never knew we could want more than that out of life.  Surely Brenda and Eddie would always know how to survive…

They lived for a while in a very nice style but it’s always the same in the end.  They got a divorce as a matter of course and parted the closest of friends.  Then the King and the Queen went back to the Green but you could never go back there again…

I think I’m regressing.  In the 90’s I love the music of the 90’s.  In the early 2000’s I was more of an 80’s music fan.  The older I get the further back I go.  I’m sure that means something deep, but I’d rather be shallow tonight…

life as i don’t know it

November 13, 2008

I’ve been reading some other blogs lately; just sort of browsing through links from some of my “usual” reads.  I’ve found that everyone seems to be more exciting than me.  People are getting engaged and married and breaking up and starting fresh and getting new jobs and having kids and traveling and buying new stuff and losing lots of weight and all kinds of newsworthy things.  I feel like I’m just getting through – just existing and trying to not screw up. 

I can’t really say that I’m boring; I’ve got three kids that are wonderful and keep me on my toes and a beautiful wife with a tremendously interesting family.  In reality, though, it seems that all the fun, nerve-wracking, spectacularly cool shit is going on with other people and I’m just hanging around waiting for the next big thing to happen.  And I’d rather that the next big thing is NOT two members of my wife’s family passing away on the same day.  We just did that last month and I think I’ll live without that happening again anytime soon, thankyouveryfreakingmuch.  Maybe boring isn’t so bad.  I ought to just shut up and enjoy…

time for snow?

November 13, 2008

I know that it’s already almost halfway through November, but it still seems a little early to be talking about lake-effect snow.  Of course, this is Western New York, so I guess I should be thankful that I get a little more time to tune up the snowblower…once I dig it out of the back of the shed.

I’m actually ready for snow, which is a strange attitude according to most grown-ups that I know.  My parents, my wife, my in-laws, and most of my co-workers are adamantly opposed to the idea of snow at any time other than Christmas Eve or on a cold January weekend when there aren’t any plans besides watching playoff football and watching the kids play with their new toys.  Me?  I’ve always been of the opinion that if it’s going to be cold it might as well snow, too.  BRING IT!!!