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April 17th, 2013

It Didn't Take long

I feel completely detoxed from the month+ of Brigadoon exhaustion. Sunday after strike I took back my evening, and Monday's BASFA meeting was refreshing. Tonight I went to Mountain View, Janice's co-subscriber for TheatreWorks was unable to attend so I got to see Being Earnest, a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. It was a lot of fun. All-Equity cast, which did not mean all-up-to-snuff. Amazing set by Joe Ragey, excellent small pit band, three out of four of the women were stellar. Algernon (Euan Morton), the main character, has a reedy voice, and was hard to understand at first, but then during one of the songs he remembered the director yelling "enunciate!" at him, and did so for the rest of the show. One man (Brian Herndon) played four small supporting parts, almost well enough to make us think there were two of him. Almost.  Jack (Hayden Tee) was solid, Gwendolen (Mindy Lym) is stunning, and very precise, and got the sexiest costumes. Lady Bracknell (Maureen McVerry) was the ultimate stuck-up socialite mother, she also got some attractive outfits. Cecily (Riley Krull) played the innocent wanting to be corrupted to a T. They only gave her one simple dress to wear, but she filled it out beautifully.  Miss Prism (Diana Torres Koss) was the odd woman out, unconvincing as the strict tutor who has the hots for the minister.

Kelly directed it, and even had I not known that, I would have recognized this from the needless tableau which starts the show.

The musical is very true to the original. I don't know if it is written to be set in 1964, or if that was Kelly's idea, but except for the costumes and Act I furniture, it read as 100 years earlier.

There are easter eggs after the curtain call. Some of them very funny.

Work today got hijacked by a bug which was showing up on my PC but no one else's.

Lunchtime I went to the PO, it was deserted. In and out in < 5 minutes. Time to go to Denny's for lunch and be back early.

Plans for tomorrow:
CHM program with a couple of computer pioneers from SRI.

It's complicated

Three or more high school boys rape a drunk, passed out classmate at a party in a neighbor's home, there are no adults at home. Eight days later, after photos of the act show up on phones around school, and the girl has posted suicidal notes, she kills herself.

Six months later her parents sue the school and the boys.

Bad all around. Bad boys for unspeakable acts. Bad girl for drinking. Bad boys for bragging about unspeakable acts. Bad parents for not knowing where their daughter is. Bad parents for not knowing their neighbors are not home. Bad parents for not being aware enough to get the girl therapy when she needed it. Bad parents for waiting to sue. Bad school for not expelling the bad boys when they circulated the bad photos at school. Bad police for a lack of due diligence. Bad bad bad. 

Work apnea

I was up by 7:30, got to work before 9, and was greeted by this email:behind the cutCollapse )

Sort story long:
I joined Terayon in 2007
That week Motorola bought Terayon
Motorola laid me off in 2009
In a few months Motorola split into two companies: Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility. Terayon group went to Mobility
2011 Motorola Mobility re-hires me
The next week Google buys Motorola Mobility
After a few months, Google splits Mobility into two companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Home. Terayon group went to Home.
A month later, Home is bought by Arris
The DOJ gave its okay last Friday, the deal closed today. Tomorrow we get Arris badges.

So, in the same cubicle, I have worked for Terayon, Motorola, Motorola Mobility, Motorola Mobility/Google ,Motorola Home/Google and Arris.

After the flurry of email, I started falling asleep. I could not stay awake. Tried going outside, which helped a little. Needed sugar, but realized I had forgotten my insulin pen. Finally sent email that I was going to pick up a prescription and would be back after lunch. Went home, slept till 12:30. Back to work by way of UPS, I was fine. What saved me was there were a bunch of automated tests I had written which had failed, and I had to re-run them by hand, which took till almost the end of the day.

Straight from work, went to the Computer History Museum for a free memebrs buffet. It's supposed to last 45 minutes, but after 30 there was no food left. Good thing I got there early. After was a talk moderated by a NYT writer who just won a Pulitzer, with two of the top people at SRI. It had its moments.

Home by way of Amazon locker, opened the door, and saw Kaan, and then saw Kaan had pooped on the indoor welcome mat. :-(

UPS package was a pair of small bottles of Haig & Haig which I had wanted to give as gifts to two people in Brigadoon. Changed my mind about one of those guys, may still send one off to the music director.

Amazon package was a seltzer siphon to replace one which had started leaking.

Dinner was microwave spag&meatballs. Watched some Steve Harvey on Tivo. Nuked one because it was all Boston Bomb coverage. I am so glad I have never owned a pressure cooker.

Have I mentioned it here - May 11 is National Train Day, I have booked Amtrak to Santa Barbara, booked a room for Sat-Sun nights at a quaint and very nice motel I'd stayed in 4 years ago, and booked a whale watching trip for Sunday. The one I wanted was booked for a charter, so I had to take #2, which does not go out as far. I may also do the amphibious tour, which I did once before. Depends on the weather.

Plans for tomorrow:
8 am (OMG) meeting in the break room to hear plattitudes and info about Arris, and get my new badge, and some swag apparently.
May hang out at Starbucks after work. Or get a manicure. Or both.


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