Sunday December 3, 2017

It was 42 degrees and windy when I took Colin out at 7:45.

Once again, not much of an update. I did spend about an hour and half with him yesterday afternoon.

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27 Responses to Sunday December 3, 2017

  1. nick flandrey says:

    Just hearing that things are pretty much the same is reassuring. Please keep us updated as much as you are comfortable with.

    Others here with direct experience say it will get better rapidly. My dad has had most of the problems Bob had and a couple others too, but not at the same time. He’s 84 and still active and alert, although a bit slower. The first time they cracked his chest he was home working in the garden in a few days. This last time his recovery took much longer, but he recovered.

    Be of stout heart.

    n

  2. lynn says:

    http://www.dilbert.com/strip/2017-12-03

    Poor Ted. I dislike these team building exercises anyway.

  3. Vince says:

    Continued prayers and best wishes for Bob and Barbara, Mr. OFD and Mrs. Mat.

  4. SteveF says:

    I dislike these team building exercises anyway.

    So far as I can tell, the market for them is incompetent managers who are barely competent enough to realize their teams have lousy cohesion but don’t have any leadership skills to fix the problems.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Poor Ted. I dislike these team building exercises anyway.

    The PHBs-in-training where I work announced on Thursday that they had declined our VP’s offer of money for a holiday lunch on the basis that pizza for 20 people would place too much of a financial burden on the nice lady.

    Another generation of PHBs retires, a new generation rises to take their place.

  6. SteveF says:

    If you tie a PHB-in-training to the back of your car and drive half a mile, he’ll turn into road pizza. Just sayin’.

  7. Greg Norton says:

    If you tie a PHB-in-training to the back of your car and drive half a mile, he’ll turn into road pizza. Just sayin’.

    This isn’t my first rodeo. Declining the VP’s offer will bite the PHBs-in-training eventually, hopefully in an entertaining way.

    To quote the great Derek Jacobi in “Dead Again”, “I, for one, am very interested to see what’s going to happen next.”

  8. Ray Thompson says:

    I dislike these team building exercises anyway.

    I went through those exercises when I was with the bank in San Antonio. Mostly recommended by a consultant who was really ripping of the bank. The bank severed ties when he produced an expense report with an $800+ dinner per person. Apparently him and his two buddies ordered some very expensive wine. I had been stating all along the team building was a crock, you either worked well together or you didn’t. No amount of “feel good” time was going to change that.

    Then I went to work for the credit union in Knoxville. Another set of consultants brought in to go through the same shit that I had been through before. The various team building exercises etc.

    I pissed the consultants off, twice. One time they said to be very wary of anyone opening an account with a specific address on a specific street as that was a mail drop address and the people were questionable. I then pointed out to the consultants that their address was on that very same address on the same street. A couple of very red faces when I dropped that little jewel.

    Next time we had to go through a survival exercise, basically what you would do in a survival scenario. First time was alone, next time was with a team. The idea was that the team *always* outperformed the individual thus showing how important team work was to the goal. Unfortunately I knew the expected answers and used those for my test. When the group convened I remained silent and let them pick many of the wrong answers. The consultant started going through the scores and was more than a little embarrassed when I did better as an individual, as in much better. I told the consultant that I always worked better alone when I did not have to deal with a group decision that was not always correct.

    After those two incidents I got a stern talking to by the CEO, the one who hired the consultants, and that I would no longer be participating in the team exercises and the team building process. I was too much of a *maverick* for my own good.

    After about a month the consultants never came back, no more team meetings, etc. It was shortly after a board meeting and I suspect the expense reports were brought up in the meeting and it was realized that the CU was being ripped off, same as the bank was years ago.

    Consultants that have never worked a real job, never held a position in a company with a couple hundred people, should never be hired as they are clueless. Doing nothing but copying what they read in a book, a book that was written to rip consultants off.

  9. lynn says:

    Well, I got hosed by walmart.com today. I ordered a 5.0 ft3 chest freezer from them today for direct pickup (I got $40 discount for direct pickup plus I wanted it TODAY). Walmart.com said that they had one in stock at the Richmond, TX store (a big store). They sent me an email that they were working on it but not to come over yet. So, I got tired of waiting and went over there of course.

    And they did not have the chest freezer in stock as shown on walmart.com. Wow, I thought that their inventory systems were way better than this. So, my question is, will I get the freezer on Dec 11 or my order cancelled ? And, will I lose the $40 discount ?
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Arctic-King-5-0-cu-ft-Chest-Freezer-Black/45723096

    We are at the future now. And it still sucks.

  10. medium wave says:

    Where oh where has our OFD gone?

    Could it be that in his current weakened state and overwhelmed by the deluge of news concerning our perv-ocracy, he’s allowed himself to become a little handsy with the female medical staff and had to be restrained?

  11. Greg Norton says:

    We are at the future now. And it still sucks.

    Wal-Mart has always sucked, but you had a choice about whether to shop there.

    I’m not sure Bezos and the AMZN speculators want us to have an alternative to Amazon.

  12. lynn says:

    We are at the future now. And it still sucks.

    Wal-Mart has always sucked, but you had a choice about whether to shop there.

    Walmart enticed me with the great price on non-existent merchandise. I would have said bait and switch but they did not have ANY freezers in stock.

    And I am in a quandary. The women of the house told me yesterday that they broke the air diverter on the refrigerator in the daughter’s kitchenette several weeks ago. So, I thought that I would get a small freezer for her kitchenette (the old utility room) since she keeps eye masks frozen for her continuous migraines. Sigh, the best plans…

  13. lynn says:

    I’m not sure Bezos and the AMZN speculators want us to have an alternative to Amazon.

    Between Walmart and Big River, they have certainly changed the retail landscape in the USA over the last 30 years. Maybe the rest of the world also. I am not counting Ebay in this as I have them relegated to the the l;largest flea market in the world.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    They arrived in a box measuring 11″ x 11″ x 14″. Huh?

    Three pairs of socks?

    Meanwhile, my new album arrived bent since they shipped the disc in a minimally padded flexible envelope not designed to protect CDs.

    I buy from Amazon as a last resort.

  15. CowboySlim says:

    “I buy from Amazon as a last resort.”

    YUUUP! I have been using those socks for years, buy no longer can I find in a defunct brick and mortar store.

  16. lynn says:

    YUUUP! I have been using those socks for years, buy no longer can I find in a defunct brick and mortar store.

    I buy Dickies socks at Walmart.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dickies-Big-and-Tall-Men-s-Dri-Tech-Comfort-Crew-Work-Socks-5-Pack/15167654

  17. SteveF says:

    A dick sock? You mean a condom?

  18. nick flandrey says:

    I like these:

    https://www.amazon.com/Kirkland-Signature-Outdoor-Trail-Merino/dp/B009LB8CX6/ref=sr_1_9?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1512435483&sr=1-9&keywords=kirkland+socks+men

    They are only in the Costco for a brief period, so if you miss them, it’s off to ebay or amazon.

    n

  19. nick flandrey says:

    Busy day away from my desk, so I didn’t open a thread. Sorry guys.

    Hope we get a Bob report.

    nick

  20. nick flandrey says:

    oh yeah, got clobbered with another stone Sunday. So Sunday and Saturday were write -offs as far as getting anything done.

    That put me WAY behind the eight ball today. And I had to sit around for the day waiting for the gas company to come and turn on the gas at the rent house. Never got there before I had to leave. I did get some of the work done over there, but not the way I needed to spend my day.

    n

  21. Dave says:

    I’m waiting for reports on Bob and OFD. Hope all is well with them.

  22. lynn says:

    oh yeah, got clobbered with another stone Sunday. So Sunday and Saturday were write -offs as far as getting anything done.

    Dude, hope you get better real soon.

  23. nick flandrey says:

    Just found about 13 letters from a shipping company at an address I don’t use for anything important and only check once a year…

    They billed me a year and a half ago, by mail, to a dead letter drop, and kept dunning me until now. They have my name and email, and phone number as that is how I communicate with them. ALWAYS have, never by mail, and never “on account”. the letters from lawyers sure sound like they want their money, but NOT ONE call or email in over a year. And I’ve talked to them and pulled shipping quotes during that time. Astounding.

    n

  24. nick flandrey says:

    “Dude, hope you get better real soon.”

    Me too! but when-t-f can I go to the Dr if I’m sitting around waiting for Centerpoint Energy all day?

    angry day.

    n

  25. Ray Thompson says:

    They billed me a year and a half ago, by mail, to a dead letter drop

    I got a bill from the hospital from my auto accident in April 2014. The bill arrived in June 2017. First bill I had ever received for the incident. The other guy was at fault and I thought his insurance had paid. Nope. Insurance had paid me which I thought was part of the pain and suffering settlement. Nope.

    First I asked for a payment plan of $100.00 a month which the hospital agreed to. Then I offered to pay the full amount if I could get a discount. The hospital gave me a 20% discount.

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