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By ObviousTroll (Wed Oct 19, 2022 at 06:22:02 PM EST) (all tags)
Health is improving, family is improving, work still sucks. You know how it goes. 


The back is still fused. Recovery has been very slow, I think it’s mostly because after I pushed myself so hard in 2021 I now have a new found fear of my frailty. I’ve been doing a lot of walking but the whole reason I got into cycling 20 years ago was my joints were already going bad and the decades have not improved matters. Glad I got my chance to hike the Appalachians when I did.

Work went sideways in an unexpected way because while I was missing time at work as a developer the engineer who had been running an internal-use-only-pre-production-hardware lab decided he was tired of it and my boss asked if I would take over part of what he had been doing. Turns out what he had been doing was an insane amount of work - even dividing it up between 3 of us it’s now a full time job dealing with users in all 24 timezones who all have frantic deadlines. 

Still more fun that sitting around doing nothing though.

Speaking of work… When I was previously employed at $MEGACORP they had a mechanism for giving quick spot rewards to employees by basically throwing money on a debit card which you could spend. $MEGACORP had a deal with some random bank no one had ever heard of, and the bank was who issued the debit card.

When $MEGACORP  laid me off, I spent all the money on the card then cut it up.

When they hired me back, I discovered that they had never really forgotten me. I mean, in some ways it was great - I kept my seniority, for example, for vacation time calculations. It was weird in others, when they issued me a new badge it said I was actually a visitor from a company I hadn’t worked at since $MEGACORP acquihired our team in 2012. The only thing that seemed different was they gave me a different email address. No idea why.

Anyway, today I discovered that someone had added money to my rewards account after I was gone - and that someone else had dropped more money on it as a reward for the long shifts I mentioned above.

Now I have to convince some random bank that the account belongs to me - when I have no idea what the CC number is and I don’t have the email address they have on file.

It’s not a lot of money, but it’s enough for a nice dinner for 2, so I’m trying to decide how much effort I want to put into prying the cash out of them. I’ve already gotten an email from the bank’s customer service department saying, “LoL. Pull the other one.”

SWHTL and I are otherwise doing well. I owe her a lot, and Lamb as well, for helping me through the recovery. I mean, complete loss of dignity stuff that is TMI even for me. At this point we’re doing well and back into something closer to our 2021 routine: SWHTL still enjoys her gig economy job and I still work from my basement (one of the alleged bennies of having a boss that lives 2+ hours from work is that he never wants to come back to the office. I say “alleged” because, damn I’m desperate for human contact some days…) Lamb has found herself a cushy job with the federal gubmint which makes my libertarian instincts twitch but, I have to admit, is as far from my experiences in the 1980’s DOD as is possible to get and still be in the civil service.

I even pleasantly text with the Little Lost Lamb in an uneven manner, sometimes there’s months between messages, sometimes there’s a flurry. This week she sent me a video of black sand on the Oregon coast, and I DoorDashed a box of cupcakes to her apartment for her birthday - which isn’t as uneven as it sounds because the cupcakes were an apology for an utter failure of the tchotchke xmas present I had drop-shipped from Etsy last year.

So, life is different than it was before, but things are looking better. 

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How is everybody? | 4 comments (4 topical, 0 hidden)
I'm pretty good by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Oct 20, 2022 at 01:46:37 PM EST
My current job is a good blend of chair warming and weight lifting. Not a lot of aerobic exercise other than up and down the stairs ten times a day.

Mrs. Ha's broken ankle is getting better, but she's not sure she wants to go back to being a patient transporter.

It's Friday eve, too!

I missed hearing about the broken ankle by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Oct 20, 2022 at 07:22:53 PM EST
Glad to hear it's on the mend, hopefully she won't have any long term issues.  

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desperate for human contact some days by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Oct 20, 2022 at 07:04:29 PM EST
When I think of what I would be like if I hadn’t been working in a scif for the first year and a half of Covid… “He was such a nice, quiet guy. Then that smell began wafting out from under the deck.” I used to think I was a loner. Turns out that I’m actually a social animal.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I entirely empathize. by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Oct 20, 2022 at 07:21:46 PM EST
I realized long ago that I work best in a pair- or group- programming situation because as asocial as I am having other people around helps me focused and helps me feel... a sense of belonging, I guess?

I've long since developed a habit of playing tech and history podcasts continuously during the day because I want to hear people talking but I don't want it to be something that will annoy me. Back in 2020 Lamb got me hooked on a very slow burning horror podcast and I blew through 5 seasons over that summer and winter. Never found another after it wrapped up though.

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