May 23rd, 2018


Stuff happened

Up on time, but took my time getting on the road. Traffic was a mess.

Flashed the test phone with today's build and ran the tests, and sent the results to the managers.

Lunch was Beef merlot steamer & grapes.

3:30 drove to Hole #2, synced with Boss and "U", the new person. She is stuck in the open plan area, shoulder to shoulder with two other people. Not a good situation.

Had a nice long chat, covered a lot of stuff, but bottom line is U is still training on the STB which I want to be testing, so I went back without any work for tomorrow.

Home, traffic was very slow. Took the long back road route at the IFH.

Delivered was the new tablet, which I plugged in and set up, and let it slurp up stuff from the cloud which my now-old tablet had put there. I also need to transfer the SD card.

Spot jumped up onto my lap and curled up in the crook of my arm, purring, for about half an hour. Then he attacked Spook, who was on the small cat tree behind me.

Re-thought my audition piece. My Way is what got me my first musical role, so it has sentimental value, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked it as an audition piece. At auditions you want something which only needs one verse to show off your skilz, and My Way needs the whole 4 minutes to get there. So I went to what I used for my last audition, In My Own Lifetime, from what may be the most obscure Broadway show ever, The Rothchilds. It's a great show, many tuneful and memorable songs, and the only reason it is rarely done is it is about a greedy banking family. Pretty much Fiddler on the Cash. It calls for 7 Type A personalities, plus Mom, who wishes it would stop, but puts up with being rich, somehow.
Here's the song from the OBC album:

That's Hal Linden, believe it or not. Sammy Davis Jr. covered it, but he doesn't quite give it enough depth.

After auditions, I went to Safeway and stocked up on cut fruit, tangerines, milk, and 4 kinds of ice cream. Breyer's was on sale 2-for-1 so I got 2 lactose-free chocolate. And one almond chocolate Lactaid (also on sale) and chocolate mochi (three brands to choose from).

And a combo of chicken drumsticks and thighs with lots of skin, because I want to make schmaltz and greeben. Most of their chicken is skinless. Wish they sold just the skin. I wonder if the Mexican market does.

Also bought some hamburger patties to go with the steak sauce, because steak prices were astronomical.

Dinner was congee with sausage bits and egg whites and pepper. I ate way too much. And finished way too much chocolate ice cream. Watched PTI and the news. And about 1/4 of the latest Below Decks. A loser -- the original yacht (based in the Bahamas) was damaged in a hurricane, the new one is in the Mediterranean, and its captain is below par. And the crew even moreso. And don't even ask about the guests.

Golden State blew tonight's game, so now they are 2-2 in the series. Bummer.

Plans for tomorrow:
Boring day at work
If I'm not called back for The Wiz, which I probably won't be, it's bingo night at the park.
And I need to set up the new tablet.

Skunked at Bingo. Should have had my nails done instead

Was the first one to the Hole this morning, after grabbing an egg and some soft drinks.

Again, nothing to work on so I tested Twitch, and monitored the news to find out if Reuben Foster was going to be back on the team. Turns out the ex who recanted her domestic violence charges against him had a previous conviction for lying about the same thing, different boyfriend, a few years ago.

Lunch was a "power bowl" of falafel and tahini, from the same folks who make the steamer bowls. It tasted fine but the quality/size was not good. Mixed fruit for dessert.

I spent a lot of the day bit by bit making the new tablet match the old one. Android does a great job of restoring automatically all the apps and most of the logins.

Headed out at 5:30, none of the Chinese engineers were in, so I locked up. Two who did not have the key came back as I got to my car, so I let them in. Without a key, though, they can't lock up.

Home, nothing delivered. Put the lunchbox away, put on a jacket & hat and walked to the community center for bingo. First session the cards I picked up were tiny and did not clear correctly after a round. I exchanged them for more functional cards at halftime.

Almost all the rounds were won by three people in the row in front of me. And to add insult to injury, they also won all the raffles. Excrement occurs. At least I'm only out $10.

Home, whipped up a batch of onions and mushrooms in one skillet while I used the newest grill to heat up two hamburger patties. Added garden grown oregano and rosemary to the onions, poured the mix over the burgers which were slapped onto a slice of sourdough. Not being much of a hamburger chef, they were a bit too rare for my taste, but not rare enough to put them back on the grill. Lactaid almond-chocolate ice cream with maraschino cherries for dessert.

Watched PTI and the news. Spot sat on my lap for some of it while Spook hid under the futon across the house.

**Foster was invited back to the team for tomorrow's practice, with the usual caveats. The ex incident was not his first rodeo.

Plans for tomorrow:
Call for a nail appointment
3:30 Hole #2 sync with boss and U. Maybe I'll get a device to work on.
Visit local high class market to see about uncooked chicken skin.