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March 5th, 2019

Life just hit a bump in the road

Up with the alarm, passed the time online and in email till 8:30, then off to Kaiser.

WTF time - there was the usual lack of parking spaces in the outside lot, so I drove to the garage, where for no apparent reason they had all the parking spaces cordoned off. All of them. On all 4 floors. I finally went out an entrance on the 2nd floor open-to-the-sky section and parked by the farthest elevator from where I was going. Long walk to the lab. Still getting used to my new New Balance shoes, they are way more supportive than my previous three pairs of other brands.

It was a bit of a wait to check into the lab, and more wait to get a seat at the blood draw station. They have modernized the place  lot over time. Get a number from a touch screen pad by the door - they have someone sitting next to it to push the buttons for you, which seems needless. Each of the 5 check-in stations show the number they are serving, and a pleasant voice reads the next number and the station letter.

After check-in, wait outside the lab, all 10 stations have a number reader and again a pleasant voice says which number is now being served at which station number.

My tech did not do a good job, she poked off-center and did not release the tourniquet until she was done drawing blood. She didn't get the gauze in place either, so there's some bruising and the tape came off. Minor things, not a disaster, but not good either.

All the other employees have been trained to introduce themselves by first name and smile. She was having none of that.

Peed into a container in the lab restroom, then across the hall to the pharmacy for a sharps container.

Next stop, New Wing Yuen supermarket, where they had a new shipment of my favorite canned Thai tea, so I bought 10. Almost bought a lobster when I saw these huge ones in the tank, but as I got closer, the $7.99/lb sign revealed it was really $17.99/lb. Trick of the light - the 1 was faded compared to the other numbers. Did get won tons and durian ice cream pops.

Home, put stuff away, checked email - Tesla recruiter sent a rejection letter. They wanted people who could hit the ground running. In other words, they wanted people who owned a Tesla. Trying to visualize hitting the ground running inside a car. I'm bummed that I was rejected, but not bummed that I won't have to drive half an hour to a full parking lot and spend the day inside a car with a laptop running tests for a team which is in a constant state of panic.

In the mail was the expected letter from EDD wanting to know what dread event prevented me from attending their appointment. The whole tenor of the thing was that they expected something dire had happened, and would not happen again, like a death in the family or a job interview. I wrote a letter explaining that I thought it was a mistake, I have already attended one of their sessions and also enrolled in weeks of related job search workshops, and they already know this because they deposited two payments into a debit card which they issued to me at the time. I included a copy of the signed forms showing I attended, and also included a list they requested of many jobs I had applied for in the last 2 weeks. It will be in the mail tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I have zero promising prospects. The latest foo is there is a job several pimps are trolling for which requires fluent Spanish. And localization QA is popping up a lot, but not for languages I speak. And there is the usual flood of jobs 3,000 miles away, for developers.

There was some action on Twitch, but not much. Watched some of the NFL combine, this time on Tivo so I skipped past the 440 dashes and the exercises which did not involve using a football. The #1 QB who was expected to participate did not. He apparently has already agreed off the record to  sign up with the team which has the #1 draft pick. PTI thinks he won't be picked#1 for a variety of valid reasons. That was over a lunch of ramen and wontons.

Ran about an hour of Marbles on Twitch. Did not get enough players for a qualified game, but enough to make it interesting.

Dinner while watching TWC, Shark Tank and Graham Norton combined some mashed turkey mini-meatballs in cream of mushroom soup with mozzarella cheese with wide egg noodles. Pretty good. I also nuked the last 1/4 can of creamed corn. Spook came over and stared at me as I finished it, so I put the bowl down in front of her, and was surprised she actually went for it. Corn, who knew?

BP has been lower. Hgl not so much. I am losing weight.

Plans for tomorrow:
Call Amtrak Vacations and see if they can figure out a weekend getaway for the $500 credit I have.
Mope
Continue the job hunt
Watch Mardi Gras live streams
Watch The Bachelor - tonight's part 1 of a 2-part finale.

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Wish I was in NOLA

When the highlight of your day is trimming the cat's claws, that's sad. There was no good live coverage on YouTube of the Mardi Gras parades, made me wish I was there. But not really, because the best times I have had there were in early October, the weather is okay, the merchants have run out of summer tourist $$ and have good deals pre-Halloween. And college has just started so there are a lot of buzzed coeds showing their attributes.

The usual breakfast, nothing interesting online, I set up a motion sensor on the front landing by the door, and tried to program it to send a push message when it detected motion, but the thing is way too sensitive and went off when I opened the door, or a bird flew by, or for no reason at all. Pointing it different directions helped, but not enough.

Got tired of watching Spook's claws getting caught in the rug and not being able to extract them from her sponge ball toy, so I grabbed her, sat myself on the sofa, and trimmed her nails. She almost cooperated, but wouldn't let me get one of her thumbs.

My usual chaser was on, but I was late because lunch. Roti with Penang curry dip. It takes a while to fry three roti. Durian popsicle for dessert.

Lots of TWC coverage of the tornadoes. It's a shame they sent out a meteorologist to cover the picking through the rubble story. Hire a real reporter, people. Better still, make some connections with the local TV stations.

PTI, and some other ESPN. Thought about watching Dr. Phil, but he was pretending to be a True Crime reporter instead of himself. Judge Judy was from 2012.

So I washed the comforter, and after it was dry I grabbed the fairly dirty sheepskin rug, plopped it into a dry cleaning bag and into the dryer for half an hour. It's cleaner but could use another round, but I'm out of the wet pads.

Printed checks for the St Patty's day dinner and the community club membership. Put them in an envelope and will probably bring them to the board meeting tomorrow night. Ordered two sets of ink cartridges, because they all seem to run out whether I print or not.

Falafel and garlic hummus for dinner, lamyay and mochi after.

Watched last night's The Bachelor. He had a great day with the one I think is his best match, but his second date [Spoiler (click to open)]got torpedoed when her dad was brought all the way to Portugal and he talked her out of it. She called it off instead of having dinner and Fantasy Room with him, and he quit. Jumped the fence and disappeared. To be continued, but it won't be pretty. Can you spell unrequited?

There's a new Oak Island to FF through, but not tonight.

Job hunt today was a bust. Two recruiters, one geographically ignorant and the other with a support job I'm not capable of - companies often ask for Superman.

Plans for tomorrow:
I should get out and maybe Starbucks.
Buy some Tide pods and look for dry cleaning kits
Try to fix the front door sensor alert
Community club board meeting - & drop off the checks
There may be some job hunting.

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