Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I'm officially scared juiceless

Well, it was sooooo much slower at work yesterday than I expected, and that's got me worried.

The problem? Well, everyone that we've been telling to call back on Tuesday all week will be calling back...well, today in fact. I hear that last year, nobody actually got a break for lunch, and the boss bought lunch, but everybody had to eat at thier desk, and just deal with it.

I'm also working at 10:00 today instead of 12:30, so I'll be in the busier time of the day. I'm looking forward to a day in Hell.

I've only got a few minutes before I have leave, but if I'm not absolutely wiped out when I get home, I'll pop on and let you know what kind of Hell it was.

Casa del nueva,


Monday, May 30, 2005

He's a rebel and a runner, he's a signal turning green

I need to quit hitting the return key when I am in fact thinking 'hit the tab key.'

It's been a hectic few days.

Work has been BUSY as hell. Today, or so I am told will be even worse, as everyone (mostly) that we answer for will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

By the way, if I haven't said it, "Thank You, all you veterans, and surviving members of veterans families. I love my life the way it is, and without you we'd be nowhere."

I'm pretty sure that tomorrow is gonna suck at work too, as everybody that's been calling all weekend will be calling tomorrow because all the offices will be open again.

Now, again, I can't get into details too much, but some calls from the last few days include:

  1. A lady in Hawaii that had no air conditioning in her unit (nothing I can do)

  2. A lady whose dog had been bitten in the nose by a rattlesnake (14 minute lapse)

  3. A gentleman whose wound had opened up and was seeping (talk about an overshare)

  4. A lady whose U-haul was stolen mid-move with all her and her children's worldly posessions inside.(she was crying, and it broke my heart)

  5. A disgruntled Viet Nam vet that told me "If I had a gun, I'd kill all these fuckers!!" (and that was the mildest comment he had)

You get the picture. Variety is the spice of life, or so they say. Well, if that's true, then I'm thinking that stupidity must be the sauce.

I can't tell you how many times I stop someone in the middle of a rolling diatribe and say 'You know, you've actually come into the answering service. I can get a message to the office, but they're closed right now," only to have the customer continue, unabated, with their spiel, at the end of which I'm forced to repeat the above.

The nearly universal response? "They're closed?" Followed by my again offering to take a message and get it to the office, and them then asking ME if I can help them.

It takes a while, but most people usually figure out that while I may be answering the phone, I have little else to do with the company, and, therefore, can't track an order, patch them through to voice mail, or run down the hall and tell someone they have a call.

Ok...I have to get in the shower now, so I'm going to sign off.

Before I go though, I'm going to leave you with some words of wisdom from William Shakespeare:

"How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees."


Friday, May 27, 2005

Workin' in a coalmine, goin' downtown

Well, ok, not a coalmine, but my backyard.

The weather here has finally turned nice, so I spent yesterday cleaning all the sawdust (woodstoves do have a drawback) and assorted winter detrius out of the yard, restacking the leftover wood to reclaim the porch space, and garden maintainance.

Poppa and I went to Long's drugs, which for those of you that don't have them are similar to Ekards, or Walmart without the size. We bought some tomato plants, a couple pepper plants, and a couple strawberry plants.

We also bought a couple bags of bullshit.....Er, I mean steer manure. I borrowed a shovel, turned the dirt, dumped a bag, turned again, dumped again, turned again and planted. Whew. Sweaty work, as the sun was a'shinin. I was smart enough to do it in stages so that I didn't burn, but I did get some much-needed sun.

Then, as if to show approval for my day's work, Mother Nature favored us with a nice mellow thunderstorm. The lightshow was great ( i love thunder and lightning) and the rain, while lasting quite a while was very gentle.

Here's hoping that we get a bumper crop of veggies this year. Not much else going on right now, except for work. I have to leave in just over an hour, and I work until 9, not that any of you really care about my schedule.

Guess that's all for now.

Fiesta con carne,


Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Has anybody seen my life?

I'm pretty sure it was around here somewhere.

Boy, there's a lot going on. My new job is good, but they have been switching my hours around quite a bit, as we've had 3 different people take vacations since I started. Hopefully, it'll settle down here in the next couple of days.

I had computer problems....Don't ask. Have I told you how much I hate computers?

I've also gotten a 'summer project.' It is, in fact a 1973 Superbeetle (read Volkswagen) that I picked up for a mere $500.00. I plan on pulling the engine and rebuilding it, so if you see grease on some of my posts, you'll know why.

I've even been neglecting Everquest, which it totally unlike me. I did manage to get in last night for a rather important raid tho, so I feel better.

And now, on to other things. Suse has passed the music baton to me, and I have to admit to a bit of lameness in the music category. One of the things that happened in my last significant relationship resulted in the loss of all my cd's.

I don't really want to talk about it.

I have managed to get a few back, so I apologize in advance for the lameness to follow.

Total Volume of Music Files on my Computer:
Er....none. I don't have an mp3 player yet

The Last CD I Bought was:
Garbage 2.0

Song playing right now:
"Margaritaville" Jimmy Buffet

5 Songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me:
"2112" side 1 by Rush (it's actually like 6 songs by itself, but it's all one track)
"Separate Lives" by Phil Collins and someone else from the White Nights soundtrack
"Simply Irresistable" by Robert Palmer
"Crazy" by Patsy Cline
"Heavy Metal" by Sammy Hagar

Oh, yeah. I went and saw Revenge of the Sith yesterday afternoon. That makes all 6 in the theatre for me. And yes, I have the reluctant duty to tell you that I saw Star Wars the first it was out in the theatres.

Well, I can smell coffee downstairs, and I need a cup badly. 'Sides, I've nearly talked myself out for now. Off to read everyone else now.

Siesta del muerte,