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By Phil the Canuck (Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 05:40:31 AM EST) (all tags)
Or not bugged?

It seems not bugged.  None of us showed any signs of critter infestation.  We still did treatments and washing sheets and the like.

So I had a bad weekend and came into this (admittedly shortened) week tired and cranky.  I got to spend last night doing laundry and putting nasty goop in everyone's hair.  I know that I have an evening of laundry tonight as continued fallout.  I'm exhausted.  Now today I get to do phone training.

This is the last, no really the last, no I'm serious, OMG WTF FER EVAR TEH LAST training.  For anyone keeping score, this is the third 'last' training session I've had to do.  I argued with The Boss over it.  I'm deleting the equipment configuration at the end of the day, so he can't order more.  The only plus is that nobody signed up for the afternoon sessions so I can pack up the lab after lunch.

Mr. Angry sent an email saying he'd be an hour late today (he's currently 1h 16m for those keeping score).  At first I complained that he always does this on training days, but then I calmed down and realized he just does it every day.  Why is he late?  He's making a car payment.  What is this, 1980?  The last bill I didn't pay online was the Erie County Water Authority because, well, ECWA is stuck in 1980.  Then my bank added them as an online payee.  So seriously, who still has to go somewhere to hand over an actual, physical something as a form of car payment?

1h 21m late.

My weekend, forgot my weekend.  My sister's wedding (of course Miss Drama chose to take over a holiday weekend and make it all about her).  Two nights sleeping on a hotel bed that was apparently made out of cinder blocks.  Too much drama to mention.  The feeling that something is terribly, terribly wrong.  Like Obi-Wan at the beginning of TPM.  Something elusive.  More examples of how the family doesn't really treat The Wife like One of Us.  Sister's feud with Step-father spilling over into my relationship with her and possibly my relationship with my brother.  Not seeing why she finds step-father so offensive, and not caring since he's Grandpa whether I like him or not. 

Pissed off that he sold the house, maybe?  I hope not, I like to think they're better people than that.  He was in severe depression having to come home to that place every day.  It's all well and good for us to take a critical eye to him selling it (not that I do).  They're behaving like my idiot b-i-l after Denise died.  It's easy to judge someone's actions as lacking from the comfort of your own life.  When you go home to wife/kids/pets.  When you have a support system within hugging range.  When you have a shoulder to soak on your bad days.  It's not so easy to live that life when you're the one going home to an empty house.  Home to an empty bed.  Not easy at all.

The man was holding back tears, not entirely successfully, when we visited.  He took the kids to the local fair.  Bought them unlimited all-day ride passes.  Was generally a terrific Grandpa, like he always is.  We were the only people who visited him.  All the family and friends in town for the wedding, nobody else even called him.  Why?  What stories have they heard?  What rumors have spread?

Fuck 'em all, I told him.  He became a Grandpa the day my son was born, has honestly been at least 10x the Grandpa we ever had, and he'll always be a Grandpa.  The kids were excited about seeing him.  The wedding was just a side show.

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I still pay a few bills in person by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 06:03:57 AM EST
banking bills that I haven't sent up online, or I want the one day float a piece a paper will give you.

If I need a float by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 08:38:56 AM EST
I schedule them for a later date.  It saves me having to deal with people, which is always awful.

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Phil... by clock (4.00 / 3) #2 Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 06:12:25 AM EST
...i have to say that you are a man of integrity.  i admire you.

that's all.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

amen by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 2) #3 Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 06:24:57 AM EST

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I think by Phil the Canuck (4.00 / 2) #5 Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 08:41:01 AM EST
It has less to do with integrity than it does with having been there myself.  My sister is a scatter-brain and I'm not at all surprised by her behavior.  I always considered my brother to be a wise man though, still do, but I think he's just lagging behind me here. Unless there's been some major issue between them that I just haven't been told about. 

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i hear you... by clock (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 08:56:48 AM EST
...but i'd still argue that you did what was right and were true to what you believe.  i dig that.

my comment stands.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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Values >> experience by marvin (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 10:02:38 AM EST
If you lacked the integrity and basic values, no amount of experience would lead to the right behaviour.

We should start calling this place the Phil and H0ffman fan club. It's awesome that you're making sure your kids have a grandpa, and treat him the way we would all want to be treated.

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