August 25th, 2016


Too Quiet

Did practically nothing today. I was so bored I vacuumed the black kitchen mat on which Spook's food & water rests, which made me notice the discoloration. Flipped it over and there was a touch of mold and the floor was blackened in spots. Rolled up the mat and set it in the "for the garbage" corner, and swiffered the whole area. I'll leave the food tower and water fountain on the floor.

Refilled one of the hummer feeders. Usually they are close to the same amount of empty, but not this time. Sat on the porch waiting for birds, but they keep dive bombing each other and flying away.

No calls or email from Amazon or Hitachi. A conferencing company called Highfive emailed that their QA manager is not free today or tomorrow, so how about Friday or next week. I emailed back that Friday would work, pick a time, but I'll probably be traveling Mon-Tues. No reply yet. They want to have me use their software and make it a video call. Sounds like fun. She only gave me the manager's first name, but his company and title made him easy to look up. He's another guy who can't hold a job. French, his resume says he was a Lieutenant in the French Army for less than a year, doing IT stuff. He has worked for a short time for a series of tiny companies. Anyhow, I used his full name in my response.

LinkedIn showed me a company literally down the block which is doing some things with wireless which looks bleeding edge, so I applied for one of the QA openings, with a cover letter saying I would consider any job they thought was a fit. Full duplex wireless.

Planted the second aloe in the second square of dirt by the driveway. Swept the driveway and the paving stones along the street in front.

Watched some TV. Botched is pretty interesting. Two plastic surgeons repair boobs, butts and noses. Sometimes the results are not as good as the doctors and patients say they are. They are always improvements, though.

6 pm, walked to the community center and played Bingo. $5 for a set of cards and $5 for the 50-50 drawing. I won the first bingo for $10, nothing after that, not even close until the final, blackout - I was one number away on two cards. The good news is each round was won by a different person.

Home, played online, watched more TV, unloaded the dryer. Was about to write this when the carport doorbell rang. Lee, nextdoor neighbor, said her fridge went up in smoke while she was out shopping, and asked to put some stuff in my fridge. Luckily I have some room. Two big bags of shredded cheeses. I gave her some of the ice packs which came with my insulin, put some more in the freezer for her for tomorrow. She said she'd bring more stuff over tomorrow, for the fridge & freezer.

Spook actually stayed out for her (they have chatted through the windows before). Cat was nervous, but let Lee pet her a little.

Plans for tomorrow:
Hang around for Lee
USPS is supposed to deliver worms from Alabama. I thought they were coming from San Jose. I had found the Alabama site online, but didn't order from them (for $10 less) because of the cross-country shipping.
The rest of the day depends on when the worms arrive and when Lee comes over.

With the sound of aboots in the background

Playback of the Vancouver Lions vs. the Ottawa Redblacks in the background. WTF kind of name is Redblacks? Sounds like a combination of the two most racist sports team names, the Redskins and the All-Blacks. Ottawa's CFL team used to be the Roughriders. Strange but true, Saskatchewan's CFL team had the same name at that time.
8:30 am, calls from Indian recruiters with east coast phone numbers, sent to voicemail. No one left voicemail, but all sent email. All for the same Verizon job which I've been turned down for at least three times now. Verizon does this thing where they farm for prospects by broadcasting a job description to all the contract companies, as if it's a new listing. Which it isn't. It may not even be an actual opening.
Quiet day today, the main event was supposed to be the special delivery of a shipment of earthworms from Alabama, via San Jose's The Worm Dude. I was supposed to wait for it because it had to be signed for. said it was out for delivery at 8:45 am.

While waiting, Lee came over to borrow my big cooler chest, which was on a shelf at the back of the shed. She said she didn't need the cold packs I'd put in the freezer for her yesterday because they had a lot of ice. She may need them later in the week, though. Their new fridge is not due till Tuesday.

Lunch was a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches, using hand-grated sharp cheddar and a slice of Swiss, and lots of margarine. Made in the microwave after toasting the bread. Not as soggy as it could have been.

At about 1:45 I heard a thud on the porch, USPS, instead of delivering the worms on their morning express run, put them with the regular mail, and that driver never asks for a signature. Or rings the bell.

Opened the box, the cold pack was warm. The bag contained smelly compost and mostly alive worms. I threw handfuls onto various parts of the front garden, then a couple into the rose garden, one onto the marigolds by the mailbox, a few onto non-planted spots on the carport strip, and one last handful into the compost bin.  But not in that order because as I was throwing them onto the front garden, they were living up to their Alabama Jumpers name, and performing acts of contortion to twist and roll down the gentle slope to the street, where they got trapped in the culvert. It was challenging to pick them up, but eventually they all got tossed to the back of the garden. Counter to the ads, they did not immediately dig into the dirt, most of them locomoted up a storm.

That done, I washed my hands and checked email. There was a message from Hitachi's HR person that I was not chosen to join their team. :-(
A disappointment because at this point any job with a reputable company is sorely needed, but they don't do any video QA or any audio at all, so I don't see where I would be useful to them.

Time to move on.

Drove to Great Clips and got a haircut, then next door to Safeway for a handful of items - bananas, apples, milk & grapes. The malt balls were probably not a wise choice. But I can always find a justification for a small piece of Black Forest cake. Apple prices have doubled this year for no apparent reason.

Home, watched TV, wasted time online, read more of the latest Kindle free book. True Calling by Siobhan Davis is fairly well-written, a compelling and complex plot, but it's a female YA demographic and the teenage young woman protagonist is highly unstable from an objective POV, but Just Another Teen Gal™ from the story POV. Despite that, it makes me want to find out what happens. There have been two or three free books this summer which did not.

Spook got caught in the screen door trying to claw her way to me, so I trimmed her nails. She wasn't as cooperative as she could have been, but did not fight me much. And then she let me give her a thorough brushing, which did a lot to make her coat more beautiful.

Dinner was Marie C honey roasted chicken, popsicle for dessert.

Plans for tomorrow:
11 am video interview. I hope. The HR person was supposed to send me the link right after she confirmed the time with me, but she hasn't yet. I would not be surprised if it's delayed till next week.
Plan an overnight trip for Mon-Tues.  No idea where.