vices versa

Sep. 20th, 2017 08:36 pm
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Depression is a perfectly rational response to current events.

Excellent timing

Sep. 20th, 2017 05:22 pm
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I'm curious about how the ferry terminal project will play out week-by-week, so I wanted to go down today even though there was a big detour due to emergency road repair. And since we got a locking mailbox and can no longer leave outgoing mail in it, I brought along a DVD for Netflix with a plan to take an even longer route home and drop it off at the Mukilteo post office. A lot can change in a week!

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Swimmingly

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:58 pm
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It was so nice to be able to go to the pool again today! The main road that runs past the park is down to one lane for repairs, so I just avoided it completely. There's a back way in if you park in the neighborhood behind the park, which is handy, but it's a longer walk. Not a big deal at all, unless you get most of the way to the building and realize you didn't bring a lock from the car. So, a little extra walking. And time. It was nice, though.

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As good a time as any

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:56 pm
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We're entering the time of year when there's not so much to see during the first part of any walk, because it's just too dark. And there are fewer flowers so there won't be as much close-up photography, either. Judging by all the leaves that seemed to fall practically overnight, I'm also curious if there will be much of autumn. Guess we'll see. The point being, if my Podo had to go missing, now's not the worst time. Even if there was a way to delay the start of a time lapse, that doesn't make up for the shorter amount of daylight once the sun comes up. With that in mind, I'm not going to rush to replace the Podo. I've got LASIK payments to make and a very long tattoo backlog, so my money's always spoken for before I even have it.

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70%

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:09 pm
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There was a nice piece in the paper recently about hikes and walks in the area, and it's pretty cool that I've been to seven of the ten listed, in italics below.

Paradise Valley
Lund’s Gulch
Big Gulch
Jetty Island

Scriber Lake
North Creek
Lord Hill

Portage Creek
Japanese Gulch
Spencer Island


Of the remaining three, Paradise Valley's the one I definitely need to see next. 13 miles of trails! I should really take my time and plan two separate walks there to see it all. The list also makes me want to visit Lord Hill again soon.

Snatched again

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:42 pm
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My weekly routine got all shuffled around so I ended up at the tank farm on Friday, with a plan to leave the Podo there all morning, go out for lunch, and pick it up in the afternoon.

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CATURDAY

Sep. 16th, 2017 04:54 am
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RIP Nutmeg 1985-2017

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Tide interrupted

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:59 pm
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On Wednesday I had a brilliant idea for a time lapse but it involved leaving the camera somewhere vulnerable for at least 13 hours, and since I didn't want to have to drive back over in the evening, the plan was to leave it for 24.

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the mask slips.

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:07 pm
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The past couple of weeks have been filled with interviews for the two remaining candidates. Phone interviews, then in-person interviews, then video calls with the journal editor. I've tried not to talk work stuff here because it's not terribly interesting, but now I want to vent.

I think that I've mentioned already that both candidates could do the basic job. There are some important differences, though. Candidate #1's main strength is that she's very enthusiastic. She has no experience in writing, editing, or publishing and no experience in the journal subject. Candidate #2 has a master's degree in engineering plus a Ph.D. in science and society (her dissertation was about low-cost preventable blindness technologies, chiefly in India). She is currently guest editing a special issue of a sociology journal, so she understands academic publishing and has done most of the steps (soliciting, writing, peer review).

Each candidate interviewed with three people besides me when they came to the office. Three of four thought candidate #2 was better, above and beyond having more credentials and experience. The fourth person thought they were equally suitable.

The journal editor has favored candidate #1 since the resume stage, but I wasn't prepared for how different he was with each candidate. With #1, he was friendly and forthcoming about the journal and his hopes for this new position. He gently declined all of her ideas but told me that she has the "spark" he thinks is necessary for the job. With #2, he was aggressive and confrontational from the beginning. He didn't talk about the journal or the job but instead asked her "what do you think that you bring to this position?" She mentioned that she knows some people working in a subfield, and he asked her to name some of the top people in that field. She declined and said she'd ask one of the people she knows. In short, he bullied her, which made her more nervous and unsure than she'd been with us in the office.

The journal editor decided that candidate #2 was "lying" about her expertise and has said that he can't work with her. I argued with him, pointing out she's better qualified and has more experience, but he said it would be a mistake to hire her. He actually got angry at me. I've always known that he has the capacity to be a bully, but he has always hidden it behind a mask of patriarchal benevolence. But in that brief instance, the mask slipped, and his ugliness was in full view.

Not only is candidate #2 more qualified, she's also part of an underrepresented group in science (and, just as a woman, in engineering). Hiring candidate #1 on the basis of "spark" despite her lack of hard credentials, especially over a very strong minority candidate, seems to me to be begging to be sued for discrimination. Yet that's what my boss is currently contemplating. And, because I am a nice person and not an asshole, I've said that I can work with either candidate (although of course candidate #1 is going to need *a lot* more training).

So in all likelihood the bully will get his way, and my organization will be (legitimately) vulnerable to an accusation of racism. A stellar turnout, all around.

My shrink is not happy about this, but I'm going to say something to the journal editor about how he was unfair to candidate #2. It won't be anything big and obnoxious; in fact, it'll be something that can have multiple meanings, like "I saw how you treated candidate 2, and I won't forget it." He'll probably say, "good, that's how you should deal with people like that." In other words, saying something to him won't do anything to him, but calling out a bully will make me feel a whole lot better.

Ambitious

Sep. 13th, 2017 04:21 pm
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The time lapse I thought of yesterday and wanted to create today may still be in process almost 12 hours later. It feels very weird to be home while the Podo is several miles away, but that's the only way to get what I want. I could go get it tonight because there's no way the battery will last longer than 13 hours, but by that time, it'll be dark out, so if nobody's spotted it by nightfall, it's probably fine until I head out tomorrow. Or it could be long gone! No risk, no reward. After dropping it off, I was about halfway to Langus, so I kept going and walked there.

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Start in the dark and be surprised

Sep. 12th, 2017 02:27 pm
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It's important to be easygoing if you want to get into making time lapses. You have to learn to set it and let it happen, and come to terms with the fact that you may or may not have chosen the best angle, or the battery could die too soon, or any number of other things. Tomorrow's another day. Just try again. Today's is a perfect example.

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I let my skills deteriorate

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:12 am
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CEO chat went well, she totally agreed with my side of things and somewhat told me I need to go to her (instead of my boss) more often since I'm the only one that doesn't report directly to her. Anyway, she's giving me some (but not all) of what I requested and talked about ways I can make even more $$ by being more creative, which will again include not taking no from my boss for an answer. I guess it's a good vote of confidence and somewhat a sign that I've got more sway in how things are done from the client service side of things.

So that's neat.

Scheduling some time off for the fall, including a day for my folks to come help me take down some bushes in advance of the fence installation and a week in October to do fuckall. Probably repaint the basement for part of that time and finally get the theater room done. Carpet dude is coming to give me an estimate this afternoon.

My tennis elbow is finally starting to feel better and I think the free weights is making the difference. Of course, I tweaked my calf playing tennis on Sunday but found a good video online about how to treat and it's almost all better now.

I cannot stop listening to Aesop Rock's latest album and it's a really good problem to have.

Fog and yelling

Sep. 11th, 2017 04:33 pm
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The river is one of my closest regular walking destinations, but also one of the ones I go to the least. It can just be a little creepy is all. Today might have been my most stressful visit, as a dude was down there pissed off and yelling. I said good morning to him as I passed and he said it back, but the yelling resumed. And was still going (or going again after a break?) an hour later. I wish it was possible to feel like calling the police would be the right thing to do, but in the US they oftentimes escalate situations like that. Instead I figured I'd just mention it to anyone I saw who I thought would really benefit from a warning. As if the yelling isn't enough of a warning. I told an older couple about him and they said, "We'll just walk past him." It's Lowell, they're probably used to it.

I was there much later than I typically have been because of the later sunrise and saw way more people than I'm used to. Maybe I'm the only thing that was unusual there today.

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Garrett had a thought about the whole Sam situation yesterday. One that I had for a moment recently and rejected immediately. When cats are having litter box issues they can often be traced to a change in their environment. Garrett asked, when did I switch to the litter boxes with the higher walls on three sides? It's been a while, but I thought there was no way that bothered Sam enough to make him use the rest of the house as the litter box instead. We took the clip-on high sides off, and sure enough, the next time I walked by the litter closet, I saw Sam in there using a litter box, perched on the edges of the box instead of standing in the litter. I had no idea he ever did that, and now I know the high walls aren't an option. That's a bummer because they really helped. The boys really kick a lot of litter over the sides, and today I saw a pee spot on the wall, right above the top of the linoleum I lined the closet with.

Garrett had another great idea, though. When we have our bathroom remodeled next month, we can have the contractor tile the closet!

Obviously it's too soon to say Sam will quit defiling the rest of the house, but I'm hopeful. I had to sleep in my office last night because the carpet powder we used after steaming twice smelled so strong, and this morning the smell was still there. I dumped an entire bottle of resolve in the smelly area and steamed it again a while later. Hopefully it's better now.

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CATURDAY

Sep. 9th, 2017 06:15 am
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RIP Mysterio 2002-2017

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sew stuck

Sep. 7th, 2017 09:56 pm
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Yesterday two contractors installed new front and back doors on l'hermitage.* I mostly stayed in the side room with Tupper, the vaguely homicidal guard dog. My sewing stuff is also in this room, so in theory I could have done some sewing during the 10 hours we were there. Of course I didn't, because I am a lazy, lazy slob and didn't have enough brain cells available. It was cool and rainy, and I just wanted to sleep all day. I was technically working from home, but there wasn't much to do aside from checking email and a revised galley proof.

I think that I just need a day to sleep. I haven't had one of those in a while. And then maybe I can muster the brain power to actually do something during my non-work time.

*I bought them lunch (McDonald's, nothing fancy) and gave them a tip, and their reactions made me think that those are not common occurrences. They worked over 10 hours straight and probably needed a third person to help! The least I could do was buy them lunch and give them "beer money."

Oof

Sep. 7th, 2017 03:20 pm
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After I posted yesterday, I felt even worse, and it didn't let up for another eight hours or so. So, two hours out in the smoke lead to 32 or so hours of feeling really awful. I'm still taking it easy, and haven't left except to go to the store. It feels very strange to go two days without a walk, but I ended up making good use of the time.

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My annual work trip to Hawaii was pretty great. Easiest travel I've had (no one in the middle seat next to me on all three outgoing flights) and maybe 3 seconds of turbulence.

Lots of good teamwork and collaboration, my clients were shockingly self-sufficient while I was gone and I got to pet the owner's dog like, a thousand times. Even though I think I'm allergic.

We got to do some shopping and swim in the ocean for a few hours on Saturday before we left. I got a little pink but nothing I couldn't handle.

Had my 6-month-late review with my boss, in which she told me I ruled, and then told me my raise wouldn't be retroactive to my anniversary date as it had been done in the past. I didn't address it right away because I debated the upside of doing so and then decided to broach it. Long story short, I'm talking with the CEO about it tomorrow. Which I think means I won't get my way but maybe I'll be surprised.

After taking months off from weight lifting due to tennis elbow (which if you haven't had it, it hurts like a bugger), I restarted my routine this week and added in free weights. I think the machines at the Y make it a little too easy and give a false sense of progress. So now my arms hurt for different but better reasons.

I was asked to join the worship leader group at my UU fellowship and did so a few months back. It's essentially helping out the preacher with parts of the service (candle lighting, announcements, readings) and also providing a 2-3 minute reflection on the topic. Normally, this involves the worship leader working with the minister/guest preacher four to six weeks in advance to brainstorm and collaborate. For me, I had two days to put something together.

I've always done pretty well under pressure and based on the feedback I got after, this was no exception. I was nervous but only in the am-I-doing-this-in-the-right-order sense but was pretty comfortable with what I wrote about grace (and how it's never come naturally to me).

Nate started sixth grade this week and so far, so good. All of his close friends are in the other class but he's rolling with the punches. Good to have him back in a routine after a pretty balanced summer of day camps, summer school and lazy days of nothing. That lucky bastard.

It's a good 10-15 degrees cooler than average and has been since I got back from 90 degree temps in Hawaii and I'm not adjusting well. I know pants are an inevitability in Wisconsin but it's a but much this early in the year.

I'm doing nothing interesting in my free time and it's really embarrassing.

Tennis lessons start back up this Sunday and I'm so excited to be able to play no matter the weather.

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