Friday, October 23, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

poor bean

Long story short: Bean spent the night in the veterinary emergency room...came home to find blood in the litter pan and over the bathroom floor. Possibly a flair up of what hit her a few years ago [though we are hoping it's just bacterial]. She's home now, but in pain and having troubles moving around and using the litter pan. We'll know more when the results get back from the lab...

Friday, October 16, 2009

happy today to me, or in the local vernacular...

...happy faceversary. Been two years since I started full time at Facebook; a bit longer since I started as a contractor. An interesting ride, to say the least...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

end of an era, new beginnings

Traded in my MINI this past weekend...surprisingly hard to say goodbye to him. He was the first custom order the Mountain View dealership took after it opened; I was there on their second day in business, with my order all configured online and ready to go. He held up very well over the next seven and a half years, especially considering the big chance I took on the first model year of a basically totally new type of car. We went on rallies together, had a blast on Thunderhill Raceway, motored north, south, to the coast, to Vegas, to Hoover Dam, all kinds of places. Quirky, unique, very fun, different. Definitely my kind of car, which is why...

...I traded him in for a brand new one. Brand new MINI Cooper S [only 7 miles on the odometer when I picked it up]; red with white roof and mirrors, white bonnet stripes, 17" black rims, premium accessory packages, sporty leather seats, red leather details on the interior. Much sportier, much more powerful, and a total blast to drive. Named him Sparky, for his resemblance to a fire engine...trying to get a personalized plate now.

Soooo hard to sit at work when all you want to do is go motoring... >.<

Thursday, October 08, 2009


A co-worker's father just died. Suddenly. She [my co-worker] was sitting there, working away, and her phone rang...and then she just kind of crumpled and started sobbing. My heart aches for her...and if I'm brutally honest, it's aching for me too. Seeing her get that call brought back that Friday when Dad had to call me about Mom...and it hurts even more, knowing that there is another phone call in my future about my own dad.Yes, it's life. Yes, it happens to all of us. But that doesn't make it ache any less.