May 12th, 2007


Nothing Seems Real

Every now and then, nothing seems real to me. Today was one of those days. My last day at Microsoft was a busy one, I had a lot of wrapping up to do, managed to get the non-upgraded machine back to playing video, which took a while because of how tedious it is to restore the configurations on it. When I get to Terayon I'll encourage them to fix this. It should not be difficult for a programmer to figure out.

Boss was very low key, I think he was surprised I didn't bail early. I just don't work like that.

Found time to say goodbye to almost everyone I wanted to. A couple of folks came by the office after I sent my "Goodbye, and Thanks For All The Fish" email. I was especially happy to find one particular person in her office. Someone I have a bit of a crush on, I think she's DDG, partly because of her looks, but also because she's bright and charming. And spoken for, of course, darn it.

Got everything done I'd planned on, except my office mate did not buy the PDA, he couldn't figure out how to make it work, and I was busy elsewhere. Nice guy, smart, but he has a mental block against anything with a Windows operating system. The machine needed resetting to its factory defaults, which is easy enough to do if you go online and look through HP's support pages, which is what I did when I got home tonight. I'll sell it on eBay. Unless someone here wants to buy:

  • HP iPaq rx1995

  • USB/power cradle

  • USB/power adapter (not a cradle, but does the same function)

  • Car charger

  • extra styli

  • extra battery

  • clear plastic case

  • black cloth case

  • manual

  • Applications CD

  • Original box

Bought some goodies in the company store. T-shirts (one which says "backward compatible" mirror imaged), brain in a petri dish, a Rube Goldberg-ish toy, and a little stuffed cow with a microsoft T-shirt on her. Which I gave to the fellow who plays our Jekyll's Father. The story goes like this - in this role he's corpse-like on a gurney, in a straitjacket. We wanted to get him a teddy bear in a straitjacket, but the only ones we could find were $250 on eBay. It's a long story.  

J-H was pretty good tonight. I got out all my lines, did the songs well, and after the quartet someone in the audience said "wow" loud enough for everyone to hear. The final scene was the best it has ever been. Lots of standing ovation.  Good to see johnnyeponymous - I hope he does a write-up for SFSF - I can provide photos. Theater friend Marilyn was there, she was quite overwhelmed by the fact that I was singing in this one. Don't know why, she has a copy the DVD of me in  Pirates of Penzance, which was a much bigger singing role.

Another face from both my and bigcatroary's past were "Captain" Jack & his lovely wife Phyllis. That's her in my icon photo. bigcatroary is the guy on the left. Haven't seen them in years. She said her lovely redheaded daughter is now living in Ohio and has a 4-year-old. Sigh.

Tomorrow: buy an eraser and erase my notes from the original script (that won't take long, after a couple of rehearsals I copied the script and wrote my notes on the copy).
PetSmart - buy some flea stuff for the kitties, and maybe see farmount if she's there.

Now: get some sleep.
  • Current Music
    Peter, Paul & Mary - Blowin' in the Wind
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Taking a short breather

Between work and the play, this is my first 8 hours of freedom outside of bedtime since last Saturday. Pumpkin woke me at 9:30, scratching my arm through the quilt - his way of finding where my arm is so he can curl up and flop down against it. I'd been up at 6:30, but went back to sleep after a quick pit stop and a nip of Scharffen-Berger 82%, which I keep small bits of on the night table.

The PC turns on automagically at 7 am, retrieves my email and waits for me. Except this morning I found my router had gone offline, lost all its settings, and it took me about an hour to get things back to working. Usually restoring the router from its backup file works, this time it didn't. Had to reboot the cable modem as well as the router.

Now that I've switched to for my domain hosting, I am no longer getting hundreds of spam messages, so browsing through my junk folder is a snap. All the truly bogus stuff is killed before it reaches my email folders, but stuff which may or may not be spam is passed through with a "[SPAM]" label attached to the subject. I can log into the webmail interface and tag those as "allow sender", "allow domain", "block sender" or "block domain". And once I uploaded my addressbook, any email  from someone in that list comes through as legit. Their webmail interface is really nice and clean and easy to use, and has a couple of features which prevents me from shooting myself in the foot without being obnoxious.

Looking at my web site, there are a few things I need to fix. I'll work on those this week. Something's wrong with the frames setting on my family album page, and none of the counters work (I knew about the latter because they use a different name for their cgi-bin folder).

Up and dressed, opened the front to to take the garbage out (Saturday is litterbox day) and there was a fedex envelope leaning against the door with my final paycheck. So the order of business this morning was:
  • Print new business cards
    • (I was running out, and also needed to re-do what's on the back of the cards to be less show-through to the front)
  • Change the litterbox
  • Take out the garbage
  • Deposit the check & get some cash
  • Go to Target For:
    • Kitty Litter
    • Erasers
    • Nuts
    • Condolence card for my cousin
    • Dry-erase markers
    • Blank white T-shirts
  • To PetSmart for flea stuff for Domino & Pumpkin

    To be done:
    • Iron on a portrait of Queen Victoria on one of the T-shirts
    • Have an early dinner
    • 8 pm Jekyll & Hyde performance
    • Cast party, if there is one

    In the Starbucks near Petsmart, Best Buy, REI, BedBathBeyond, etc. and there is a LOT of eye candy this afternoon. One woman just passed through wearing a tight stretch material top, no bra, and underneath she had 34 C's with nipples like .38 calibre bullets. Yum! Lots of short-shorts, too. I think I'll be here a while...