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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

How is it that the very person who desperately needs something from you is the same person who most keeps you from being able to give that something? Why would someone ask a favor of me and then go out of their way to sabotage any chance I could come through? What the hell is the matter with Tim anyway?

First, he doesn’t get me the time cards until too late last night to get started on the payroll. Then he insists, as always, that the paychecks be mailed today. Then he phones me first thing in the morning and keeps me on the phone for an hour explaining various problems that have nothing to do with me, even after I tell him that he’s keeping me from the payroll.

It didn’t even end there. He dumped on me this afternoon the problem of renewing the domain name of the kennel’s web site. Six months ago, Julie was fully prepared to do all of the work to get that site up and running and keep it up and running. But Tim doesn’t like Julie, so he insisted on doing it himself. He signed something, but he doesn’t know what he signed or whom he signed it with. He didn’t keep any phone numbers or contact names.

So this afternoon, while I was still trying to wade through the payroll, he phoned with the number of the company he thinks might be responsible for our domain registration. Call the number he says, get the information, and take care of it. That’s not usually my job, and it shouldn’t be my job, especially if Julie was willing and able to handle it months ago. But Tim doesn’t like Julie, so I didn’t even dare mention her name.

I called the number and tried several branches of their phone tree, without ever talking to a person. I tried the company’s web address and got nowhere. So I fired off an email to them, asking them to please help me straighten out the mess. Who knows if I’ll ever hear back from them? It sucks, and it totally ruined what was left of my shattered day. I did finish the payroll, but I was pretty much worthless after that.

12 August 2006

Kylie eating Puffs on the houseboat.

However, I did talk to the birthday girl today. Kylie turned one, and although her party isn’t until the weekend, I sent her a card and had a brief chat on the phone. Believe it or not, it was hard for me to get a word in. She was all “ma ma ma” and “ba ba ba,” and she wasn’t hearing much of what I had to say. She did perk up at the word “birthday,” though. I think she’d already heard it a few times today.

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With most of the veterans resting and rookie lefty making his first start, the Giants relied on ageless Ray Durham for their offense this afternoon. He contributed two home runs, while Jonathan Sanchez pitched strongly into the sixth inning in the Giants’ 3-2 win over the Reds that vaults them past Cincinnati in the wild card race (which, let’s face it, is their last best chance at postseason action, and once you get in you never know how far you might get, witness all the recent wild card Series winners). Sanchez gave up two hits and struck out seven in his first major league start. Oh, and Mike Stanton? His seventh save. Talk about ageless.

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One year ago: Kylie
"One thing we can probably count on is that she’ll be a strong-willed, confident woman like her mama. And she has a great chance to have the big heart and agile mind of her daddy."

Two years ago: Belabored
"Guilt is a wonderful thing, because it can pull you apart in two directions at once."

Three years ago: Inside Out
"Well, yes, there were spaces, but they were all occupied. So there might just as well not have been spaces, as far as I was concerned."

Four years ago: Am I Blue?
"Maybe it's a residual feeling from my rebellious youth in the land of burning bras and draft cards. I never burned either, but then I never had either so it didn't come up."

Five years ago: Cousins
"We left each other with hugs and promises that it will not be so long before we're together again."

Six years ago: Lockout
"If it works I'm happy. If it doesn't work, you fix it."

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