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Monday, August 7, 2006

I was doing pretty well with my martyrdom plan, to work late into the night and whine about it all day tomorrow, but I kept hitting these snags. There was a form that I needed help filling out. There was a cost breakdown that either the Boss had forgotten to give me or Iíd lost (not sure which is more likely). Phone calls, faxes, interruptions galore, blah blah etc.

So at 9:00 pm, I quit for the day. Thatís probably long enough to get to the point of diminishing returns anyway. Those last few checks I wrote? Sure hope I got the right amount of zeroes, and decimals in their proper places. Iím not that good in the first place, so this is worse. Or better. Maybe double mathlexia makes you re-transpose numbers so they come out in the right order.

The real reason I quit (the other real reason) is that I couldnít see straight any more. Those invoices some companies send with green writing on yellow paper really drive me nuts. In fact, anything that isnít black on white seems like a waste of colored ink, in addition to making it harder to read. Iíve complained to some of these outfits, but mostly I just tell the Boss. Iím on record encouraging him to deal only with companies that use legible invoicing procedures. For all the good that does me.

6 August 2006


So this business of cramming seven daysí work into four days is coming along fine. I finished the day with a lot of work done and an aching back. I donít mind working until 9:00 pm, much. Less on days when I donít get jarred out of bed by the phone before 9:00 am. If only there were more hours in a day, I think Iíd be perfectly happy. Sincerely.

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Tonight in Phoenix, the Giants suddenly looked like a combination of the Bronx Bombers, Murderersí Row and the Lumber Company, as the offense came to life to the tune of six home runs, including two by Pedro Feliz and one by the pitcher, Jason Schmidt (DH, pfah!), on their way to an 8-4 win over the D-Backs that doesnít help much in the standings, since the Dodgers also won.

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One year ago: Compliance
"So it was a highly successful, productive day. Okay, not so much productive, in the sense of advancing the cause of civilization (or reconciling my bank statement). But Iím satisfied."

Two years ago: Teeming
"People either stand right in front of you, oblivious that you might want to get by, or they come up behind and act all righteous, as if you should have seen them coming and made way so they wouldn't even have to slow down."

Three years ago: Focus
"I know. How could my life possibly get any simpler?"

Four years ago: Searching
"Sometimes it's at the very moment I give up thinking about a question that the answer pops into my mind."

Five years ago: Another Anniversary
"I believed in what I was doing, and I grew to believe that I was good at it."

Six years ago: Let Sleeping Dogs Work
"Instead of revving my engine and ramming my problems head-on, I puttered and spluttered and plowed on through until things were resolved."

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