Contextless Thoughts

  • I am working the night shift tonight after a couple of staff called in.  I worked all Wednesday during the day and of course couldn’t get any sleep between five o’clock and midnight.  Now I work from midnight to eight a.m. and then I can walk home, get showered and walk back to work where I have meetings until four p.m.  After walking home again, I get to change and then walk to another meeting.  My day ends Thursday at around 9:00 p.m.  My body is upset with me already.  Sadly none of the meetings are ones that I can ditch.  All are really important and ones that I need to be at.  Tomorrow I am so sleeping in.  Oh wait, I can’t.  Another couple of meetings.
  • The good news is that while I get paid overtime, I can also take the OT as flex which means that I will get some more time off later this summer.  Plus, it keeps my department’s costs down.
  • The best part of working nights as a supervisor?  When a couple of different guys come down and let you know how great the rest of the staff is to them.  I often only hear negative stuff but it’s nice to hear some good stuff as well and even nicer when I can pass that on.
  • I was asked how the staff keeps their senses of humor at work and I didn’t really have an answer except we all like to joke around.  The follow up question was were you like that before you started working here?  I would answer, partially… A lot of people who use our services are pretty funny and quick witted.  I think that’s contagious.   We do our best to keep it going.
  • We are planning to leave Friday for the lake.  The weather is supposed to be cool which I will take.  A good fire in the firepit is the great equalizer.  We plan to do some more painting with our low V.O.C. paint that really isn’t that low in V.O.C. department (so much for honest marketing and labeling).  I also bought an old cupboard thing for the cabin this week.  It is real wood but has a 70s finish on it and it is the perfect size for a microwave stand and kitchen storage underneath.  The wood isn’t that nice to strip down and refinish so we are going to paint it a cool color.  When I say we, I actually mean I will be doing that.  Wendy does better painting walls.  As you can see, we have two walls done in the main room but we need to finish up and I need to sand down and fix up the holes in the door.  After that we tackle the bedroom, hang some blinds, and then call it a summer.
  • Speaking of Wendy, apparently she returned to work this week.  I have been sleeping or working when she is at home so for right now it is just a rumor but she seems to be out of the house a lot if she isn’t.  It does mean that Mark and I have to take care of Oliver.  The secret is to feed and change him and then put him by my feet until the dog walks by and Oliver thinks that the dog wandering through the living room is a game of peek-a-boo.  Parenting is easy.

Contextless Thoughts

  • Well I am in the middle of working 24 of 30 hours at the Centre.  If all works well I will be out of here around 2:00 p.m. tomorrow and off for some sleep.   I did manage to get 30 minutes of sleep today.  I am usually okay as long as I can get home for a shower and a change of clothes after the graveyard shift.
  • If I survive today, I am off to the cabin at noon on Friday.  We are going to do some more painting and replace a 3/4 bed with a single daybed.   If I get around to it, I will install some outdoor lighting and get an outdoor clothes dryer installed.  Of course the important tasks involve walking the dog and playing basketball with Mark.
  • Mark has a bunch of chocolate bars and chocolate covered almonds he needs to sell for his karate club.  If he sells enough, it pays for a couple of tournaments and I think he gets to learn the Vulcan death grip.  If you are local and want some, email me at jordoncooper@gmail.com.   They are $3 a piece.  Normally I would be good for a lot of chocolate covered almonds but I am allergic to almonds.
  • I know this will offend many European politicians but I can’t get that upset over Canada’s annual seal hunt.
  • I know this will offend the entire city of Hamilton but I can’t get that excited over Jim Balsillie.  If he can’t figure it out by now that he can’t bully the NHL, his quest is hopeless.  Of course the Coyotes leaving Phoenix would be good for the league.
  • Normally the Salvation Army posts all of their videos to YouTube but One Day of Hope is found on the front page of the Salvation Army‘s site and is worth the 5 minutes it takes to watch it.  It is quite good and despite being shot with different cameras (I assume), it keeps the same look and feel.  Oddly enough there is a guy in there that looks an awfully lot like me and I am not the only one that sees it.  Apparently I have a long lost twin who works at the Salvation Army in Calgary.  Bizarre.

Back from the dead

This morning my boss one-upped my story about Maggi.  A relative’s dog ran out onto a highway in Newfoundland and was hit by both a car and a dog and was killed by the double blow.  He picked his dog up and put him in the back of the truck to be buried later.  His daughter was understandably devastated.  While driving home, he looked in the rear view window and what did he see but his “dead” dog standing up and wagging away.  The dog must have been knocked cold but it survived the collision and was fine except for one thing.  It’s tail no longer wagged from side to side but rather wagged in a circle.  That dog is even tougher than Maggi.

Contextless Thoughts

  • The good news is that I no longer have Type II Diabetes.  The bad news… it’s now Type I.   The hope is that is that this is a temporary thing and it is connected to me burning the candle at both ends.  Now where did I put that syringe…
  • My recent blog post on underage prostitution was based on an internal rant/memo that I wrote.   Like some of you I sometimes write things out as a process of working through the issue and the solutions.  One of the things about working at a place like the Centre is that I work with like minded people.  After several hours of ranting, thinking, phoning around, and sending e-mails, we made some progress on what needed to be done and how we can be a part of the matrix of other agencies working on the same issue.  Helping curb prostitution is already part of what we do at the Centre, hopefully we can help curb it in some other ways as well.
  • For those of you who have made fun of my Saskatchewan Roughrider Barbecue Cover at the lake, check out this house that pays homage to the Edmonton Eskimos.  Now that’s a diehard fan.
  • If Calgary wins today, they win the series in five games.  If they lose, Chicago wins in six games.
  • It doesn’t matter to me but Edmonton should not have fired Craig MacTavish, they should have fired the management that put together a team that just wasn’t very tough and who did nothing about it.  The reason they went to the Stanley Cup finals was Chris Pronger, Mike Peca, and Jason Smyth.  Do they have anyone that resembles those players today?  If you say Dustin Penner, pick up your Kevin Lowe autographed photo at the door.
  • When I saw all of the tributes to John Madden, I was afraid he had died.  I am sad that he is retiring from broadcasting but he seems to be doing it for all of the right reasons… more time with the grandkids, preparation for his 50th wedding anniversary.  I wish him all the best in retirement.  If you have never seen it, this video documenting John Madden’s career and drive across the country to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is simply amazing.  Not only did I enjoy it but so did Wendy and Mark. 

Contextless Thoughts

  • I was listening to John Madden say that someone was “super, super, super” at something during the Super Bowl.  That’s why he is such a big star.  I would have just said that he was “super” or maybe “Super duper”.  When will I learn?
  • The Super Bowl was exciting but I was shocked at the ending of it.  The Steelers deserved to win but the Cardinals deserved to have a game that was better officiated.  I know there are not a lot of diehard Arizona Cardinals fans out there (even in Phoenix) but I implore you, don’t let this game make you into bitter and hateful Seattle Seahawks fans. Concentrate on the good things.
  • Wendy is making homemade pizza’s lately that are better than the pizza we can get from takeout.  She is almost making cheese bread that is incredible too.  So incredible (or should I say, “super, super, super) that it has been ruining Mark’s and mine appetite before we get a chance to eat the wonderful pizza.  I keep pestering her to put her pizza recipe online but she is still “perfecting it”.
  • We had the Reimer’s and Kristi over for the game.  It was good up until Santonio Holmes ruined it for all of us other than Wendy.  Wendy and Barack Obama were the only ones out of the Rooney family cheering for the Steelers.
  • It is just me or do the Republicans look really, really hypocritical attacking Barack Obama running massive deficits when they themselves ran massive deficits under George W. Bush?  If I was them, I would cede the stimulus package to the President and fight another battle another day and not care what Rush Limbaugh thinks.  Rush by the way sounds hypocritical himself by justifying the Bush deficit while lamenting the Obama one.
  • Mark has challenged my brother Lee and I to several snowball fights.  In each the result is the same.  We pick him up and heave him into a big snowbank while he giggles himself until he is incapacitated.  After having this done to him several times by myself he finally goes, “I need a better strategist”. 
  • While driving home down a side street the other day, I managed to break my car’s exhaust system.  $517 later, it is running better.  The city isn’t even making an effort down most residential streets anymore unless you live on a bus route.  This kind of makes sense except when you think that most of us have to drive down a residential street to get to our homes and then drive down one again to get to work, go to the mall, or really generate any kind of economic activity.  The best part of it is that if I don’t shovel the walk in front of my house (which is also city property, I can be fined).   The good news is that I found a reliable mechanic I can trust after Diamond Auto Service closed down (they got bought out).  We are using Shirley’s on 19th Street which works well as it is just a block away from work.
  • Has any movie ever aged as poorly as Top Gun?
  • I lost a lot of respect for NDP leader Jack Layton over the recent election.  He decision to vote against a budget that he had never seen told me he valued politics over the economic crisis that the country is in.  Considering the budget was very similar to ones that the coalition would have brought down if they had power, it was disheartening to see him act in such a partisan way.
  • The recession is now affecting me personally.  My beloved Golden Dragon Restaurant is closed down.  There was nothing better than their Deluxe Won Ton Soup while at work.  I used to be able to phone over and then walk across the street to pick up my order.  There isn’t a soup in the city that was better.
  • I remember listening to some leadership guru talking about the importance of only spending your time on “visionary ideas”.  Today I spent time thinking about what kind of industrial toilet paper holders to install.  I wonder if that qualifies as “visionary”?