Sunday, 29 July 2012
So this week was apparently not "write a blog" week for me. Not sure how that happened. I wasn't exceptionally busy or anything. Weird.
Squirt and I are doing okay. On Friday night I decided I was going to watch the opening ceremonies to the Olympics. Well, actually I had been thinking that I would for some time previous to this, but the actual broadcast was Friday. My television is in my living room, and as such has not really been watched since who knows when because I don't go into my living room except to walk through it or occasionally to water my dying plants.
Dying because of the "occasional" part of that sentence.
Anyway, I sat on my couch and watched the ceremony, which was somewhat entertaining despite Bob Costas. I'm annoyed by the fact that, as the dignitaries and delegates and whatnot were carrying in the Olympic Flag, the announcers (Bob & Whoever) felt the need to explain who they were. Which was fine, since it's a guarantee that nobody did know. However, the announcer in the stadium was actually also explaining that, so if Bob & Whoever Man had shut up, we could have just heard the announcer explain it. Also, they kept interrupting themselves to interview random athletes. And they said that the ceremony would start at 7:30, but that was just a 4 minute commercial followed by Bob waxing poetic on the Olympics. Look, we know the ceremony is hours long. And we know that it's on a time delay and not live. So why not start it earlier and not fill in excessive bull so that it ends before midnight?
Bah. Reminds me of why I don't ordinarily watch broadcast television. Last night I watched a bit of men's gymnastics, but all they showed was the USA men, except when the supposedly perfect Japanese guy screwed up. Instead of showing us how he was perfect, they showed how he screwed up while the announcers babbled on about how surprising this is! I think I should watch with the sound off, because really my gripe with sporting events is and has always been the announcers and their utter stupidity. Which might explain why I don't really watch sports on TV. Well, that and the fact that I don't really care about sports in general.
Nothing of interest happened at work, really. That I can remember. Matt said he interviewed some people to take over the jobs of Former Coworker Lady and Former Coworker Igor, but so far he has not been impressed. Despite the fact that the job description clearly states that this is a job which will involve lots of logic (and since it's with numbers, considerable math as well) and perhaps even some programming and SQL knowledge might be helpful, one guy clearly stated he didn't like math and logic. They were apparently talking about college and the guy mentioned he had started out as a computer science major and then changed his mind and Matt asked why. "Well, I don't really like math and logic," the guy said.
Yeah, we can't figure out why he was applying either. The other story was of a girl who had pink streaks in her hair, which basically prevented him from taking her seriously. And also makes him wonder what HR is doing that they are allowing all these weirdos to come up to him for interviews. Because they're supposed to do the initial screening.
Next week I plan to take off on Wednesday because a) I want a day off at random, and b) I need to get my car looked at. I know I need an oil change and I have been procrastinating doing that for a bit, and also there is another light which indicates something about oil pressure which has been coming on occasionally.
Also, I need to call some places about a place to put the cat during vacation. Or, failing that, to find someone who can come over once a day and feed the guy and change the litter box a few times. Because it's not like he needs walks or whatnot. I'm told there are tons of people who will do that, but I'm somewhat reluctant to allow a complete stranger to come into my apartment while I'm not home and mess with my cat. I don't have any family close enough by who would do something like that (they are all lazy bums who do not want to drive up to visit me while I'm home, never mind while I am gone) and I don't want to ask Coworker Gail (who lives nearby) because she is allergic to cats.
There's no way he's coming to Maine with us. It's like an 8 hour drive, and he doesn't like car rides, so it would be roughly 8 hours of constant meowing. And also the car will be way too cramped to fit his kennel in along with the whole family - which by the way he's not used to the rest of the family (hasn't even met mom) so it wouldn't be fun for him to be hanging out in a cramped car with folks he doesn't know.
The only other exciting thing that happened this week - if you can call the above list exciting, which I suppose it is, to a worm - was that I went to the movies yesterday with Guy #5. We went to see The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX which was a pretty awesome movie despite the fact that we got there somewhat late and had to sit near the front. Probably for about the first 20 minutes I was totally disoriented because we were really close which made me think I should actually take my glasses off but that would not have helped. Also the first 20 minutes of the movie are a bit disorienting in general, and I was distracted by the fact that one of the actors in the first sequence was a dude from Game of Thrones (which Five did not notice until I pointed it out at the end and then was like "Oh, yeah, it was!"). But I got used to it. Definitely need to watch it again when it comes out on video because there were some portions of the dialogue that I couldn't quite understand, so it'd be helpful to watch it with the captions on (which I often watch TV that way anyway because I'm a nerd).
After the movie we went to a Chinese place across the street which was pretty good, and sort of hung out for a couple of hours before separating. It was lightly drizzling, but no serious downpours or anything like that. I decided I wanted to get back not too late so I left around 8. There was a Company Store across the street so I went in there to look at it (it was nice!) thus upping my grand total of City Company Stores visited to about 4. There are 16 altogether. There is apparently a really nice one near the 59th Street Bridge (feelin' groovy) that I want to see but I don't want to go into the city just for that. Anyway I also bought a bottle of OJ at the store and then went back to the train and back home.
Today, I need to find something to eat. I need to vacuum. I need to do laundry, and clean the bathroom. And then maybe go to Mom's depending on how lazy I am feeling later. And what the weather is doing. I don't really actually feel like doing any of those things. Except eating.
Ah well, such is life.