August 22nd, 2007


A la recherche de temps ... recherche'

The contract for the new job arrived. I just chuckled with delight to read this in an email from the recruiter:

"You will have your company induction on the Monday at our head office in Sutton before heading up to Holborn, details of this will be in your information pack."

I can smell the scent of sweet freedom in the air. Aaaah. I'll spend the morning of the 24th of September in Sutton. I will, from that day forward, never spend a day in this glassy prison I call $howboat. I can't wait.

I have absolutely nothing to do at work today. And, it seems, neither does anyone else - the place is a graveyard. I've approved a WFH day for the guy who sits across from me, I've told the girl who works for me who blew all of her vacation to take some sick days, one of the other guys who works from me is taking vacation ... it's like the three leads (including me) and two testers over here. DEAD, dead, dead. And the weather, LORD! Raining and 60. Yesterday I went out to lunch with one of my reports and the restaurant proprietor turned on the heater near our table!

Anyway, I'll have to come up with something to do to while away the hours today other than the performance plans for my guys. I'm thinking a calendar of "what we're doing while you're visiting" for my soon-to-be houseguests or something like that. At any rate, Remembrance of Things Pasts continues trickling along, though somewhat hampered by being forgotten at home while I was road tripping (not that I didn't gossip for three hours in one direction and sleep for three the other), but is now at page 412, and I have the next Dresden Files book at my service.

I've got to start paying a little more attention here

So I've been reading about Dean and Mexico, "Mexico closes oil rigs in advance of Dean's arrival," "Dean arrival a 'disaster,'" and now today: "Stronger Dean rakes mainland Mexico (AP)." And well he might, I think, their human rights record is not very good! But I think it was really just a bit too much pandering for the Mexican government to try to impress Dean by showing him that they're trying to be more environmentally sensitive - especially since he apparently trashed them anyway! And I was further confused because I didn't think Dean was in the running this year, but, well, I am a bit out of touch with US politics, maybe he's thrown his weight behind some other candidate or there's some sort of reason why Mexico is bending over backwards to accomodate him? I mean, he's just a washed up presidential candidate in my book.

I did finally get that it wasn't Howard Dean, but that went on for way too long - like that old Rosanna Rosanna Danna thing about fairies colliding and hundreds of people drowning.