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Congratulations, Gnatster!

Department Chair biz:
The box of molecular biology supplies is still mislaid, along with the two computers and a purchase requisition for another. Already three hours of meetings scheduled for Monday! I cranked out 35 letters regarding the personnel committee's recommendations for tenure and promotion. This is where I really need Mail Merge, but my old printer from the late 1980's got real cranky with addressing envelopes and jammed on every other one. I was able to pull some of the jammed ones out, but then the printer went into 'warming up' mode where it cranked through an envelope without printing anything on it, except for a grey band or two. Then it would print over the same one that I had rescued. If I was lucky and that one didn't jam, then I could get another envelope out, except that it would jam. Aaargh! The Vice President is going to have my head on a platter if I don't get all these letters out. Not such a bad week as the previous one.

Oh yes! The flat tire episode! Tuesday evening, after teaching two three hour labs, I discovered that the front tire of my bicycle was flat. It turned out to be a leak around the valve stem, and that kind of leak can't be patched. I didn't have a spare inner tube, and, since it was 5PM, I thought I could make it to the local bicycle store before it closed at 6. The store was about 5 miles away, and I didn't make it. The last employee pulled out of the parking lot as I limped in, pushing my bicycle. I have a bit of plantar fasciitis, and the long walk was bringing it back big time. Nothing to do but push on the remaining six miles to home. Finally made it to home by 8:30 PM with my feet really hurting. Fell into bed. Putting weight on my feet was agony the next day, but they are a lot better now.
 

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Congrats Nathan!

You always have the most interesting weeks. Glad you finished those letters though.

My week was average I would say. My wife is terribly sick with the flu and that is causing mayhem. All schedules are out of wack. I've sent my kids to school without lunches (I forgot, OK) twice. ](*,)
 

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Congrats Nathan!

Egads PK, I can't even imagine walking that far when it's not for recreation, and you're trying to beat a deadline....

The week here was better than last. We're both finally getting over the flu and regaining our stamina (I feel for your wife, and perhaps kids ;-) Art). If it's anything like the strain we had, it's nasty and hangs on.

We had a nice pre-Valentine's day dinner tonight and I'm stuffed at the moment. :-&
 

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Eeks, whata week

Training was to start on Wen, come in, find out the co. backed out of the contract at the last min. I think the steam coming from ears scared the HR witch, was given day off with pay.

Come in noon as scheduled on Thurs, get pulled into a meeting with Dir of Ops. I've been "volunteered" for transitional training to move to a new Apple que. I'll be supporting iBooks and powerbooks now, grrrrr, and no I don't get to the pay raise. At least training is 9-6 and it's already 1, 1/2 day off with pay, thank you.

Fri looms, a snow squall races thru some local areas at 5am. 2 tractor trailers mate and proceed to close highway, traffic backed up in both directions for 15+ miles. 13 mile commute takes 2 hrs. Training class ends about an hour early, nice, another paid hour. Head home, I'm 1/2 mile from exit, oh no that car up there just bounced off the Jersey wall, oh crap, it bounced under the back wheels of that truck. Oh geeze, that other truck just jack-knifed blocking the entire road. Oh goody, another truck plows thru the now sideways trailer. Both directions of highway are blocked, Pull to shoulder and try to plot way across fields to escape. Cops come, 4 local volunteer fire co. respond. Chopper lands on highway and whisks away the injured. Must say for the response was incredibly fast in this rural area. 2 hrs later after front end loaders scoop up cargo and haz-mat teams clean spills the road opens back up in both directions, but Mr Officer asks for a statement as he reckons I was close enough to see the carnage. Another 30 min to do my civic duty.

Sure glad it's Friday!
 

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One day that past week I was soooo asleep at work that I fell from my chair.

--Nikolay
 

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Wow gnat! Glad you're safe. Bummer about that contract though. Did you have it in writing?

I was out of town in Venezuela all week. Really bummed about being away from the family. The one bright spot was that I went to visit a client in a mall. On my way out, I pass a fish store. Wouldn't you know it, three tanks full of plants lined the glass window to the mall. I couldn't believe. In Venezuela with all their problems, the owner feels plants are that important. I wish the US owners would see the potential as well!

Glad to be home though.
 

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Amazing how things change in the corp world. When last I wrote a contract I was about work on was cancelled and I was switched to a different department. Well lighting does strike twice. Last Friday the HR witch came back to me and offered another position as the Knowledge Base Coordinator for a different division. After some discussion I took that position and it's been a week since I started. I am now part of 2 man team that writes tech support articles for internal as well as external use for over 300 products. I'm back to a more normal 8-5 M-F schedule. Office is filled with games, we mostly support gaming software and I have to actively test them. Due to Non Disclosure Agreements I am not at liberty to mention the games or the companies, but suffice to say we cover all the major PC and standalone devices. Next week I will be 2 new clients writing all the support documents for some web based shared gaming applications. In this capacity they give me an unlimited account to play the games as we need to.

The best part is I don't take calls from end users!!!

Still writing for the organic farm and I'm about to take over management of the web site. Once revamped I'll post the URL and seek your comments.

My side business of PC repair has also been rather busy, I received an order from a local construction firm to build them 8 PC's a server and a wireless network for their office.

The light at the end of the tunnel finally is not the locomotive bearing down on me for a change.
 

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Glad to hear things are on the right track for you now, Gnaster.

I've had another of those frustrating weeks with people who only enough about computers to be dangerous. One of the big boys from the parent company pranced in a while back and really screwed up the computer I enter endless data on. Yesterday I go to open some of the Excel programs and much to my horror all of the data is gone for 2 months..... :shock:. I was almost catching up on an Access program that they thought I should enter from January 1st, and now I have to go back and try to replace everything else that was lost, plus get that one up to date.... Whine....
 

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It was only 4 days, so that's always a good thing. [smilie=k:

My week was mostly working on wrapping up the month and getting inventory in order. I finally finished that today, so everyone should be happy. I could have easily had it done yesterday, but it seems that everyone who walks through seems to think it's time for a BS fest.... #-o They must not have as much to do as me..... ;-)

Does anyone else have trouble with people at work who just can't be quiet so you can concentrate?
 

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It was only 4 days, so that's always a good thing.
That's true, but you know sometimes it's those 'short weeks' that seem to go on forever! I am so glad it's Friday! I'll be a lot happier in 2 weeks when vacation starts. Wife and I are going to the islands for a week! :razz: Can't wait!
 

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We're going to St Barth's :razz:, a tiny, very French island in the Caribbean. Nothing to do but sit at the beach and eat good food! About 20 years ago, showing my age, my wife and I stopped there on a cruise we did and loved it. Always said we'd go back someday. Someday has come!
 
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