The Meet Market: Around The World In 80 Days
Posted Mar 31, 2012 @ 7:01 PM
I hate having to specify a weakness, because I have so many to choose from! And now, to the list, I have to add dark chocolate... But when I must give a weakness, I try to mention something which can also possibly be seen in a positive light. I might say I'm too single minded. When I get immersed in a project, I can become too focused on it and fail to give proper consideration to other issues that may need my attention. Being able to focus my attention to that degree can be useful, but I have to actively take steps not to overdo it.
Something like that usually sounds better than, say, flatulence.
Posted Apr 1, 2012 @ 6:22 AM
Posted Apr 1, 2012 @ 10:52 AM
Not that I would say this in an interview, but something I have noticed over the last few years, is that the idea that I might want to master a job before moving on to the next one is apparently a relic of old people like me. Now it seems that the winning strategy is to get a job at a certain level, just so you can cross it off your list and move to the next level. Hopefully you can do it in no more than a year; once you have been in a job for two years, you have sent the message you are too complacent and it's hard to move on.
Netfoot can I tell you how disappointed I am that you have decided to go to TARcon this year, but missed last year when I was there? Mind you, everyone except mpstar and I missed last year's party.
So, I just finished reading The Hunger Games. Not exactly great literature, but I did enjoy the story. I think I'll wait a few weeks until the crowds die down before I see the movie though.
Posted Apr 1, 2012 @ 7:32 PM
It would be best if you told me that in person, at TARCon!
can I tell you how disappointed I am that you have decided to go to TARcon this year, but missed last year when I was there? --bankerchick
Seriously, I wish I could attend them all, and would if I could, but i] winter weather scares me (I nearly lost my jools outside The Early Show, and that was May), and ii] things are in some turmoil right now, with regards family and finances. I was branded a wastrel for attending two years ago, and when the word leaks out that I'm coming again, some very heated comments will be made! Of course, I don't care what the others think, (one other in particular, really) and I'm itching to book my tickets.
There are so many folks here I'd like to say hello to in person. I am actually more interested in meeting fellow TWoPers than the racers themselves. (Although that Monday morning, I really, really enjoyed meeting and talking to racers over breakfast.) But yes, if I go in a month and don't get to meet you, I will surely be disappointed. Which is why I hope you will find a way to be there. And the same goes for all here, because I'd just love to meet everyone.
But the way my luck runs, when I go, there will be minimum turnout of friends and racers, and when I can't make it, an unusually high number of you will show up and report back on the huge numbers of racers (and probably even Phil) who managed to put in an appearance!
Posted Apr 1, 2012 @ 8:08 PM
And what surgery? After years and months of deliberation, I am having gastric bypass. While I can be disciplined in many things, consistently keeping my weight at a healthy level isn't one of them. I struggled with the stigma that I was taking the easy way out. After a year of therapy, classes, food tracking, etc, I have found it is not so different than any other weight loss plan. You still need to make permanent lifestyle changes. My primary doc has been on me to lose weight for years. I honestly thought he would give me the "you can do this without the surgery" speech, but when I brought the possibility of doing this up, he surprised me with agreeing that I should look into it.
Originally I thought, I'll go to Tarcon, then head off to the hospital the next day, but that really isn't going to work.
So, while I'm still nervous, I'm also really looking forward to moving ahead with this.
Posted Apr 1, 2012 @ 9:40 PM
I struggled with the stigma that I was taking the easy way out. --mpstar
Naturally, I am concerned for your safety. Because even the simplest surgery is not without risk. But I am confident that you would not have considered this without first coming to fully understand the ramifications. I'm sure your decision is a fully informed one. And these procedures are fairly mainstream now, so I'm sure it's all straightforward, but I'll still send you my best wishes.
Forget the stigma! Anyone who thinks less of you for this is an asshat. If you know this is right for you, then do it. And if the result is improved health and increased peace of mind, then there is no need to hesitate, because there is no real downside.
Alas, this means one more buddy I won't get to see at TARCon. (My NYC Girlfriend tells me she is not likely to make it.) Just today I was remembering a pleasant evening of conversation and pizza, and wondering if your brother might be available to join us for an encore. I was planning to arrive Saturday evening, so I should be good for Sunday breakfast, second breakfast, brunch, elevenses, luncheon, tiffin, and/or high tea, so long as it doesn't keep me from getting to TARCon in good time. I expect to fly out some time Monday, but you will be on my mind. And I'm sure that on Sunday night, one or two can be persuaded to join me in lifting a glass to you!
Posted Apr 2, 2012 @ 5:50 AM
I was branded a wastrel for attending two years ago, and when the word leaks out that I'm coming again, some very heated comments will be made! Of course, I don't care what the others think, (one other in particular, really) and I'm itching to book my tickets.
Wait, a wastrel? Isn't it your family that does that adventure race thing around the world? Yes, how dare you go to New York City twice in two years...
Unfortunately, I can't make it, but I'll be there in spirit.
Posted Apr 2, 2012 @ 9:12 AM
Netfoot, I had the same thought as dogfoot! Wastrel, indeed. It's your money, isn't it?
I wish I could come to TARCon but I will actually be in England! In Tewkesbury on May 6. I don't know if I can catch TAR over there. If I can the earliest would be 1:00 am Monday morning (?).
Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 11:24 AM
Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 2:48 PM
Yes. But really, it is only one particular person that seems to think that I'm throwing money around. The same person that travels globally 20-25 times a year.
Isn't it your family that does that adventure race thing around the world?
Yes, but you see, if you are God's Gift to humanity and the sun shines out of your ass, then you can do pretty much anything you like. I on the other hand...
Yes, how dare you go to New York City twice in two years...
It certainly is. And boy, is The Gift sorry about that!
It's your money, isn't it?
Are you trying to sell the idea that he stay in Boston and you come alone? Or that you both come together? Different stratagems need to be employed.
Now to sell this idea to hubby!
Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 4:36 PM
I am downright punchy right now. I am on day 9 of working 10 in a row, with an arrival and departure schedule that careens all over the clock. In the past week my hours have been 3-11pm, 10-6, 8:30-4:30, 3-11, 9-5, 9-4, 2-10, 3-11, 10-6 and tomorrow is 8:30-4:30. I'm starting to get cranky, too.
So much for the quiet routine of being a librarian.
Posted Apr 7, 2012 @ 6:58 PM
I've been remiss in my TWoPing lately. I've been lurking, but don't seem to have time to get on the computer. I do most of my internetting from my phone these days. Glad to see everyone's doing fine. I so wish I could come to TARCon, but it's just not gonna happen this year. We've had too much other traveling fun lately. We were up in DC last weekend to see Bruce Springsteen at the Verizon Center and stayed in a very nice hotel right across the street. Wow...I know I've said it before, but DAMN he puts on a great show! Amazing. I always leave a Bruce concert feeling like I've just been to a frat party and a tent revival all at the same time.
So, while I'm still nervous, I'm also really looking forward to moving ahead with this.
Good luck, mpstar! Hope everything goes well.
Posted Apr 8, 2012 @ 6:45 PM
Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 9:44 PM
But I have not faltered, and in fact have redoubled my efforts. And today, when I delivered the chocolate bar, the nurse insisted I get on the scale. Another 7 lbs. off since last Tuesday! That's 41 in total. I need to make that up to at least 50, or I won't be able to sample any of those Fast- and Medium-food restaurants everyone suggested.
My boy's arthritis is troubling him tonight. He cried, coming home in the car, and damn it, I cried too. I gave him cheesy macaroni pie for dinner, with some chicken and a little peas'n'rice. He loves cheesy macaroni. The only thing he likes better is a good quality Stilton or Gorgonzola. After dinner, I put him to bed, where he is comfortable, and when ever I stroke his back he gives a huge sigh of contentment. Or maybe it's resignation (go away and let me sleep, Dad!). I'll get some painkillers for him tomorrow. He occasionally needs one to get him through a rough spot. He'll probably be 100% by tomorrow anyway, but I'll get some anyway and keep them on hand for future use.
auntlada, a more intriguing question is, how does such a young kid know when the show is starting?
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 8:15 AM
Sorry your son's been hurting. He's such a good boy. I'm sure it's tough to see him feeling poorly.
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 11:15 AM
He's OK now. He gets periodic bouts of trouble with his arthritis. He's on a 5-day course of anti-inflammatory painkillers that will fix him right up. In the mean time, he isn't in pain.
Sorry your son's been hurting.
On Wednesday, when it flared up, a self-professed expert told me that I was using the wrong painkillers and that I could cause him harm. So for the whole night until I could get to the vet next morning, he suffered without meds. Turns out the meds are fine and the expert is an arsehole who now has to answer to me.
My fault, of course. You should never listen to experts...
Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 10:45 PM
Posted Apr 17, 2012 @ 9:02 PM
Goodbye? What? So for about an hour I was beside myself (yes, sobbing at work). Fortunately we have a mutual friend whom I texted and we talked about it while waiting for my friend to email me back (because he's on air, so it isn't immediate live communication) and forth until we were all better (I did apologize, I should have apologized, but "Goodbye!")?
He meant it as kind of like hanging up the phone. But I don't think it is odd that I took it as "GOODBYE!" Our mutual friend said she's more like a guy anyway so she figured from the beginning he didn't mean it that way. I said I may not wear pink but I'm a girly girl and I think men are mysterious and stinky. So now I'm exhausted. But I think I needed a good stress relief cry for work. So there's that.
Posted Apr 17, 2012 @ 10:37 PM
I hope it was the type of emotion release for you that will lead to a good night's sleep and a better day tomorrow.
Edited by Suen, Apr 17, 2012 @ 10:39 PM.
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 1:39 AM
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 8:32 AM
Sun spots...I'll take that.
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 1:44 PM
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
I'm at the point in the semester where I am snippy with everyone and just generally in a state of annoyance. And this summer, I am actually working a few weeks, which doesn't improve my mood. It will, however, improve my bottom line, as my retirement is based on my 3 highest earning years, so I'm sucking it up and putting in the time.
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 9:34 PM
ETA: I hope everyone else looking for a new job (or a job) has as good luck.
Edited by auntlada, Apr 18, 2012 @ 9:36 PM.
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 10:30 PM
Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 1:21 AM
In fact she threatened me with another beating today, if I return from TARCon heavier than when I left home, so all that useful fast- and medium-food restaurant advice may not be needed! Or I could enjoy myself, and upon my return just stay well away from her until I am back where I should be. And she also insists I get a haircut, so as to "improve my chances with the girls."
Anyway, I've been eating less carbs/fats/sugars and going for a vigorous walk every day. I'll never be 131 lbs. again, but if I can lose another 43 lbs. then I'll only be 1 lb. away from the weight target I have set for myself.
At the same time, chest pains and other symptoms had me quite convinced that I'd be having open-heart surgery before the end of the month. It's only yesterday morning I got the word from the cardiologist that I'm absolutely fine in that regard. My doctor said "I told you so, all along!" and it's true. She did. But you have to check, to be sure, right?
Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 11:10 AM
Not necessarily! Everyone (or, close enough to everyone) is offering "Heart-Smart" or lighter menu items, so you'll be able to enjoy yourself guilt-free! Besides, wasn't there a lot of walking involved on your last trip?
so all that useful fast- and medium-food restaurant advice may not be needed! Or I could enjoy myself, and upon my return just stay well away from her until I am back where I should be.
Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 11:20 AM
Should habit forming also have a dash? It looks odd.
I dunno if any of you have AT&T iPhones, but if you're out of contract, you can get them legally unlocked by AT&T now. I can't tell you how happy it made me last night when my UK sim card worked in my iPhone. No more carrying two phones around!