May 18th, 2004

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What a relief

Well, Christy took care of me.

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She and I also had a great conversation. I think the highlight was me telling her about the 1902 Sears-Roebuck catalog and its ads for "bust food" and the fact that they didn't sell bras.
  • Current Music
    "Good Vibrations"
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Bottles

For the neighborhood festival, in addition to advertising Metro Girl, I want to sell my art bottles. I did a batch over the weekend; I was happy with most of them.

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Right now I'm still trying to figure out what to sell these for. Caleb says $15 and that anything else is too cheap, but I am more comfortable with $10. But I still think that might be high. Caleb says not to go cheaper or people will think it's crap and not even pay cheap.
  • Current Music
    "Rockin' Robin"
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Good news, bad news

Well, my client Mat Man just emailed me saying he has a mega load of changes to make to all the pages, plus a couple more products (how many kinds of mats are there?)... and that we're in the "final stretch" of the project, which he wants to finish in June. So I guess the fact that I have got a whole giant load more work to do on that site (nitpicky nonsense) is sweetened by the knowledge I'll be done with it at some point. Also, depending on how gruesome these changes are, I'll probably ask him to pay me another 1/3 of the balance.

Meanwhile, before his package arrives, forcing me to work on it, I'm going to catch up on maintenance of several other client web sites and start on the real estate one. Because once his stuff arrives, I am done for :>(
  • Current Mood
    okay okay
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Back at the office

So today after my hair appt., I *finally* went and visited my old work. Last fall I borrowed some books from this guy Tony so that was my excuse to go -- and excuse I really needed since I seem to have put off this visit for about 5 months! Anyway, it was, um, interesting to stop by.

The first thing I noticed is that while the building has been cleaned up some (finally got all the surplus furniture out of the hall), it was about 100 degrees, absolutely no A/C, due to a problem with the cooling tower. In the "big room" with all the progammers, all the lights and extra monitors were turned off (less heat?) but of course those Java programmers don't need light! Carl was working in the server room with two big temporary cooler machines venting in cool air like some kind of giant life support machine. I certainly don't miss that building's horrible heating/cooling problems!

Sudagar was there, looking healthy still, a sure sign his pretty new wife is feeding him. (He really needed to get some meat on his bones!) Shelley, the woman I basically trained to do my job, was perky and chipper as usual... and as usual we got off for 20 minutes talking about books. My boss Tom was kind of distracted but managed to talk with me for a bit while he fussed with the printer. Carl looked great when I stopped by his frozen hut of an office -- he lost 25 pounds! On the way out, I finally found Tony (and Bernie) and gave him his books back.

All in all, my visit left me with the satisfaction of knowing I'm not missing much not being there. Sure, there was all that financial security but overall, the whole thing seems so dreary and stifling. How can anyone DO anything when they're in a job in a stuffy office all day? Not that I DO something incredible every day, but five months out of that -- in a mainly pleasant working environment with a nice boss and interesting projects and a flexible schedule -- has spoiled me. I could condition myself into doing another job someday, but that last one... No, I'm not too sorry I left.
  • Current Music
    "Expressway (to Your Heart)"
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Predatory pop-ups

LL Bean is ticked off -- and I would be too if I had gone to their web site and because of some stupid programs installed on my computer, had pop-ups for other companies pop up over it. Grrr. I mean, sure a few people might be like "Oh, Nordstrom has a sale, forget LL Bean," but I think most users would be like "I don't WANT those other stores, that's why I came to LL Bean!" Especially people like my mom and dad, who when they aren't driving to Freeport to buy LL Bean, are ordering it online.
  • Current Mood
    accomplished accomplished
firstgrade

If you like "Oldies"

After a couple days of sampling it, VH1's "Rock & Roll Essentials" channel is REALLY good. Way, way, WAY beyond anything I've ever heard on an Oldies station. They dig DEEP and play all kinds of music by people who are usually only know because some other band/singer (e.g. the Beatles) did a cover of them and made their songs famous. Even when the biggies are played, there are tracks that are really obscure or definitely aren't played on the radio (e.g. Rolling Stones' "Have Your Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?") If regular Oldies stations on the radio were like this (instead of being filled with the same 100 smarmy tracks over and over), then I'd still be listening to it. I used to listen to Oldies 103 in Boston all day long...

Meanwhile the reason I switched to this station is I needed a break from the 80s station. Which is great, but seriously, I just couldn't take it anymore!
  • Current Music
    "White Room," Cream