Amelia Earhart was a childhood hero of mine. Of course by childhood, I refer to a period of time that stretched well into my early twenties...but I'm growing up now.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


This is my new "thing that bothers me" for the day:

Why does the "management" care where my bare butt sits? I ask because the paper toilet seat dispenser on my work bathroom door asserts that this convenience has been "provided by the management for [my] convenience." I can only hope that they have much better things to worry about. I mean, maybe they have very large bonuses that need to be awarded to former employees that were terminated for cause earlier this year. Clearly, that would be much more important.

P.S. I hate wanting to be a Prius-driver right now. Either, I feel pretentious. Or elitist. Or like a pro-recessionist.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

If Life Is a Series of Offices, Why am I in a Cubicle

Is it sad that my profoundest source of positive excitement in life in the past week and a half is the following?

  • Last week, I acquired ½ and ¼ of a wall for my cubicle, so now I have 3 and ¾ of four walls around my deskspace. All I need now is a door and I will feel that I have finally “made it.” I’ve considered bringing in a beaded curtain to suffice for the current orifice. However, the beads would probably require a tuffet, small glass table and a crystal ball. Maybe even a boudoir robe and turban. I think I’ll keep my ¼ wall hole for now

  • As of today, I have two monitors!! If you’ve never worked with ten files at a time, you may not understand how exciting and extra productive that makes my work life. In the short few hours I’ve had this amenity, I’m already starting to wonder how I ever muddled through without it.
This all brings me to reason #11 that I don’t hate Spokane. I love where I work, what I do and the fact that I feel as if my talents and skills are used there. For this, I wish I didn’t hate Spokane.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

There Is No Place Like Not Home

Hi there. Yes, I know. It has been many moons. But, I’m going to ignore that right now and just jump into what I wanted to talk about. Today’s post is a bit of a thought exercise, one of those “always look on the sunny side of life” sort of ventures. To say the least, I am a bit disillusioned with my current city of residence and am getting antsy to be elsewhere, hopefully soon. So, I thought that it might help my outlook for the remainder of the time that I remain here if I spent some time thinking about the things I might actually like about living here. May I present…

10 Things I Don’t Hate About Spokane
  1. Nothing. (Okay, so I realize I’m not trying very hard. I’ll give another go.)
  2. Grocery stores here have public restrooms. Granted, these latrines are generally just one step above those at gas stations, on a scale of nasty to 5-pound-cochroach-infested. Still they exist which sometimes…is important.
  3. Nothing else. (Oh, I’m sure that will get old soon, but right now I still think it’s funny.)
  4. My church. Interestingly enough, I help lower the average age of the congregation’s choir considerably, which is fun.
  5. My grandparents live here, and I often spend Sunday afternoons after church with them. I will complete my transformation into honorary octogenarian yet.
  6. I’m less than a day’s drive away from my little brother and his wife…and Canada…and many outlet malls & Native American-owed casinos (though I think that last one describes much of the western US.)
  7. We have 4 seasons. This year, three of them have been winter, but at least we can ski in the front yard…and down arterials on occasion.
  8. It is not Los Angeles.
  9. I live in a nice two bedroom apartment with a washer & dryer, dishwasher, wood fireplace, walk-in closet, skylight, vaulted ceilings and a private garage that was constructed less than a decade ago. By myself. And I pay less than most people who have roommates in LA. Eat that.
  10. It takes less than a half hour to get out into nature that is not predominately populated by humans. Although, it can be a little creepy when taking a hike and suddenly realizing that you are surrounded by herd of deer. Don’t let Disney movies fool you, those herbivores can be really vicious when no one else is around.

Well, alright, I think better now. I should be able survive here a bit longer.