trials of a troll trying to get by in a world messed up by humankind [ I'M AT UTC -5]

Saturday, June 10, 2006

So technically I didn’t post yesterday, that is on 6/9 but since I haven’t been to bed yet despite the fact that it may be today, as the clock sees it…in my mind it is still yesterday…Saturday is still tomorrow as I see it because I haven’t gone to bed for Friday yet…

Today’s work was today’s work…too much math relative problems (I love math but just too rich a field today)…too much seat time on the forklift…(on one hand I love driving “lift” on the other hand the stiff suspension transmits way too much shock up the old trollie’s spine)

Take out for dinner…a little tube…current “Charmed” rerun episode on TnT…they have returned to the beginning…saw the last episode of the series on Thursday…I loved what amounted to the last 3 seasons…which is about the point I started watching the reruns…if I had caught the beginning I may never had gotten “hooked”…Rose who played the replacement for Prue is a babe…Shannon who played Prue is in a despite need for acting lessons…

Dad is in the hospital again…about the upteenth time he has had cellulites…and the second time he’s been in the hospital for it…but then he will be 91 in July so I guess that an occasional hospital stay is assumed…was admitted Tuesday but with one thing and another never got up to see him until tonight…he is recovering very well…thank you very much and may not have much rehab…

Was in excellent spirits tonight…and as I left the brother arrived so he had extended company tonight…

We live in a military community…Fort Drum which hosts the 10th Mountain Division is just a few miles out of town…it’s neat to see the reaction between the current members of that “elite” light infantry division and my 90+ year old dad…who was a 2nd Lieutenant in the infantry during WW II…I am awed by the respect and dad deserves it…

I really had a problem with my “hard arse” dad growing up…I could never quite understand how some one who had lived that long was so out of touch and just didn’t get it…remarkably between the ages of say 18 and 30 (my age as it turns out) all of a sudden dad got brilliant…as I got older (notice I didn’t say more mature…at 58 I think in many ways I still am a child of 12 or 13) …I came to the conclusion that while I will never totally agree with his way of viewing the world…life and what’s best for me…he really did have a handle on life, the world and did what the best for me…in his opinion…’twas never mine but he did do what he thought was best…and I can’t fault him for that…

The cats have been rotating, taking turns on my lap tonight…whether watching tube or on the ‘puter…I love my cats…they on the other hand only tolerate me…I have an opposable thumb…I open tuna cans…pour their milk and water, and open the very expensive “yuppie” cat food they love…because one of the furry little rascals has a tendency for urinal tract infection, I feed a top of the line almost $30 USD per 25 lbs. bag cat food which is designed to prevent and demises that problem…also a mid priced food particularly for indoor cats…I swear they eat better then I do…

(Trollie’ s cats try to pull him away from the keyboard, as he is on his way to writing the great American novel again not that they really care about very poor prose, but that they fear that if he continues he may forget to check their food, water and milk…and may never pet them again)…

I need to check into to work tomorrow…should be a quick in and out…must stop at a nursery and pick up a couple of annuals to fill the pots that sit on opposite sides of my front steps…the dianthus that I planted last year in the pots over the rather mild winter re-seeded and I have just a few holes to fill…need to stop up and see dad tomorrow…planning a late afternoon visit…dad is one of my students in Christian ED at church…may take the Bible up with me and catch him up on class is as he has missed a couple of weeks…he mentioned that tonight that I should have done that for him…he’s had physical issues that have kept him from church for the last 2 or 3 week…other then the current problem…

Will do what few groceries I need after work…grass needs mowing…yard chores need doing…and I need to spend some time…just being me…

I have committed to play a golf outing next weekend…and as I have not even had a golf club in my hand for over a year…I need to find a driving range this weekend…so I don’t make a total arse of myself next weekend…

Thursday, June 8, 2006

I wish I could convince the peeps upstairs at work that sometimes there is not a simple answer…a one answer fits all in all situations…had two such requests today where they wanted a straight forward simple answer to a complex multi-faceted problem…came up with an “averaging” solution that does nothing perfect but should handle the majority of scenarios…but there will be the few times where it doesn’t work and they’ll forget that I told them there was no way to give a “one size fits all” answer…rats…just one I’d like to be handed the clean end of the stick…

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

It’s been a mixed bag day on many levels…dad apparently had some debilitating chest pains this morning and was admitted to the hospital (he’ll be 91 in July)…he’s had some assorted physical problems lately and this is just the last in a series…

Took the mag glass to work to read the small print in the instruction books for the new QC calculators and the last of the three I tried turned out to be a charm…with just a few minor changes in the procedures to get the 3 readings they need the last one was the simplest to use…so they’ll buy about ten years supply of them and hopefully I’ll be retired before I have to go through that again…(see below post)

Had intended to have a nice flank steak I had gotten on a manager special with home fries for dinner but had gotten a late start this AM and didn’t have time to put the steak in the marinade…so had a light dinner of a bit of seafood salad with a buttered roll and put the steak in the marinade as soon as I got home…and had a late supper of said steak and home fries after worship team rehearsal at 9 PM…I love the lesser cuts of beef…more flavor then the pricier cuts and if cooked right…marinated and just a quick pan sear…can be almost as tender…the trick with flank or skirt steak is in the cutting…both have a very “grooved” appearance which allows you to identify the “grain” of the meat…if you cut with the “grooves”…therefore with the grain the meat can be very tough…regardless of how you prepare or cook it…if you cut across the “grooves” or perpendicular to the grain…it’s much better as far a tender…my preparation…cooking …and slicing were approved of by both me and cat aggie who mooched several pieces of said steak…

Rehearsal went well although we were several peeps short tonight…I look forward to rehearsal night every week…to some that might be pathetic…but I love to sing…I love music…and it’s a good bunch of peeps…

Nite all

Monday, June 5, 2006

Work was well work…spent too much time today trying to figure out the new calculators that they bought for QC…every time QC gets new calculators they throw them on my desk with a figure out how to get the results we need and write out a card for them to follow…well these don’t have an “auto” CV function…and since it’s been several years since I’ve taken statistical mathematics, like 40 years…I had forgotten the formula to figure CV’s…so after much frustration…and showing the QC supervisor how to do the MA and the SD…I was walking to my office to access the internet to find the formula and it hit me CV=SD/MA…duh…I guess old age has run me over like a run away truck…so I get the one figured out and show the series of steps necessary and he looks at me and says way to many steps…sorry but that’s what it takes…I’ve got two other calculators to try to look at but as they add more possible functions to scientific calculators it seems that even the simple functions require more steps…the other two have instruction sheets with type so small that trollie’s old eyes are having a problem with them…the “mag” glass is going to work tomorrow but I doubt that I can come up with a simplistic way to get what they want…I would like to say to them, “Look I may have the best math mind here but if the calculator is designed to function in a certain way , that’s the way it is…live with it”. And it ain’t my fault…and next time figure the d*mn things out yourself…now that ain’t going to happen…

Had things I should have done tonight…but just spent a gentle night with my cats…a little take out for dinner…some home made barbecues for a late supper…and a little tube…well a whole lot of tube…have avoided the net tonight until just a bit ago…

Have an outbound load tomorrow…a messed up load but will survive…

Nite all

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Not the best day I’ve ever had…certainly not the worst day…but not the best to be sure…went to bed early to allow me about 9 hours…because yesterday was a damp, cold day and arthritis was flaring needed the rest, but had one of those nights where I never sleep more then an hour and a half without waking up for one reason or another…a trip to the can here…a limb that hurt there…and a bad dream too…rats…

Awoke to a dreary and wet day…and by the time things had dried off to the point where yesterday's yard work could have been done…had not the energy nor the desire to even consider…just an off day…nite all