Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom

It's mom's birthday today. I called her and wished her well and then got a cavity filled. She wanted to know how everything was and was delighted to hear from her son who calls her all too-infrequently. She lives far away and can't travel easily.

Now remember that this is the same lady who painted a rainbow from one end of the living room wall to the other end. The same mom that posted Playboy centerfolds around the house to de-mystify naked women after finding us two boys too curious about dad's magazines. The same mom who took a bully kid out of my class and took him on personal field trips because she thought that would help him be sociable (so did his mom who I suppose was raising this angry boy on her own). The same mom who gathered the neighbor kids together in the kitchen and taught them how to make puppets. The mom who our young neighbor Susie asked, "Mrs Collier, learn me to cook."

Mom made our lives as children simply magical. At the time I didn't know it. Thanks Mom. I love you.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oops, missed a spot


That post on the 14th was on my 4 year blogaversary. Oops - forgot to toot my own horn there. I'll never do that again. I'll remember on 3/14/2015 that it's the 10th.

If you are really REALLY bored, go back and read all 458 other posts.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Two thoughts on authority

I mentioned a few posts ago that I had good news at work but I couldn't share it yet. Now I can. March 1, I was promoted from Manager, to Associate Director of Instrument Manufacturing. Since then I have received many congratulations from my co-workers along the lines of "well-deserved" and so forth. Needless to say, I agree.

At first I was simply grateful to be given the recognition and acknowledgment. Over a couple of weeks I have noticed subtle changes in deference and trust on the part of some folks. The fact of my promotion at least as much as my actual title seems to be giving people the license to place their trust in me more. It is very gratifying to hold a position of trust.

These thoughts didn't really gel until I had lunch with a friend who is in a career search.
(When I was working with Right Management after getting laid off from GMI, that was the euphemism I learned for being unemployed. It actually re-frames the situation quite well since it describes the activity instead of the state, and the pursuit of that activity is the important part of the state of being.) He related his own respect of my skills and efforts, as well as those of former coworkers.

We also talked about the need for one to take an active role in the management of their own career instead of just leaving things to chance. For a long time I left things to chance and expected others to advance my career for me. I later learned that I could and should have exerted more control. If I can give advice it would be to do that yourself - Own the management of your career. Don't let others control it because they have their own interests, or (legitimately) the company's interests, in mind.

And besides all that...

I have heard a ton about the new fad of sexting, apparently done by thousands of naked youth. Yeah, I get it. Sending naked pictures of yourself to your romantic partners has been done for a long time and ain't gonna stop. And kids are not gonna stop having phones, or homones that drive them to get naked or want to see naked people. And phones are not gonna stop having cameras, or being able to send pictures to one or more recipients, and since the pictures can be copied effortlessly they will be - especially since they are of naked people and naked people are, so I have heard, all the rage (at least for the last few centuries anyway).

What I don't understand is the attempts to prosecute post-pubescent children for child pornography crimes in these cases. Something isn't right there. I think it is a case of the state thinking that it is the parent. It should be the parents who are saying
"Amanda, sending naked pictures of yourself to your friends might seem like harmless fun, but those pictures can - and will - get sent to a lot of people you don't know and who you really don't want to have them. Furthermore, they will use those picures repeatedly for their own sexual gratification, and you are old enough to know what that means and I'm sure it grosses you out. Lastly, Amanda dear, those naked pictures of you will remain in play for a long time, well after the time when you still think it is appropriate. The presence of them will embarrass you, and you will feel needless regret. If you REALLY want your friends to see you naked, you should gather them together in your bedroom and take off your clothes for them. Let their memory be the only thing that leaves the room."
Arresting children for foolish behavior is like arresting dogs for barking. You wish they wouldn't but they inevitably will.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Now back from my trip to Antarctica

It's Summer there, you know. Downright tropical. Almost sweaty.

Uh, really I was just all busy and crap.

Oh yeah, my fivefour year blogaversary Is in five days. I was so kerflempt I forgot to blog - or I was busy.

Let's see...

No new pets this week.
Sharon is up to her neck in work - they said ten to twenty hours a week, it's been more like five to ten hours a day for a week. Needs less to say her relaxo time has been hoovered up like cookies at a PTA meeting.
Work has been going great. Except for the lumpy sales pattern.

I have been working since Friday on a show called, Shakespeare Goes to Gravel Gulch. It is (duh) a children's show produced by San Carlos Children's Theatre. It's quite good.

This time I'm the Tech Director. This means I get to make stuff work. Up til tonight everything was perfect. Then tonight, the light board operator had taken home the cues and forgotten them, the video feed broke, and the headsets didn't get charged. Other than that it was great. We even figured out how to move the 250 pound stage extensions.

You see, the play is being done at Heather School in San Carlos. Every school night, everything that is in front of the proscenuim that isn't part of the Multi Use Room has to get struck... Speakers, cables, sound board, amplifier, light board, video camera, video monitor in the green room, and worst of all - the 250 pound stage extension pieces that sit on the steps up to the stage.

Now we aren't allowed to attach them in any way. They just have to sit there. So each one is weighted. With 150 pounds of sand. In bags. My back hurts just thinking about it.

The show opens Friday - Come see it, it's only $10!