Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Running outside

I am back in India. Bangalore. This time at the Leela Palace. I like the Taj West End better but the Leela has a better fitness facility.

This morning, I discovered the new meaning of running outdoors.
Ran by the pool on a treadmill.
So much better than the 80 degrees inside of the fitness center.
I went down there this morning and every single machine was in use! So I saw a helper and said I had to wait. He asked if I knew about the treadmills by the pool. I said "no" and so he had another helper take me out. And then he passed me to yet another helper who set me up with a towel and water bottle!

Afterwards, he showed me a shortcut back to the lobby elevators instead of going through the fitness club roundabout way!

And the best part was no loud rock music.
At 6am.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

9-11 Forever In My Mind

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Random Thought: Coffee

Feels like a Starbucks kindaday.


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Note to Self: Bike Rides

Remind me never to do a hard bike ride the day before Scary Trainer.
No mercy.


Friday, September 03, 2010

Hurricane Earl

All week, all we heard about was Hurricane Earl. And now that it's arrival is imminent, turns out it's nothing but spit.

Ok. Maybe not. But it went from a category 4 to a 3 and now it's a 2 as it passes by the Carolina coast (poor Outer Banks - every single year!) and when it arrives it won't even have a number. I think they call that a tropical storm or something. Who knows.

Every year, there's a lotta hoopla about the hurricanes. Some are as bad a predicted but most peter out by the time they get here. But just in case, people are taking boats out of the water, evacuating the Cape and Outer Island, and of course, stocking up on food. For a one day event. Because tomorrow it's supposed to be beautiful albeit a bit windy. So one day. And it's all going to happen overnight.

I don't get it.

I am so glad we have another month or two of food and water in the basement.


Thursday, September 02, 2010

Successor for Wayne

So, at work we have to name our successors. And as a manager, I have to name a successor for all my direct reports. One of them, who has tons of experience and who I have been working with for years and years - too many to count - is especially difficult. And after talking to someone in another group, I suddenly had an "Aha! moment!" So I emailed Wayne and Lilly about it.
ME: I have a successor for Wayne!!Been talking to him. He's been here for 25 years! Everything from Operations to database and mainframe to distributed. Used to do Wayne's job for Maria. I feel better now. This was worrying me so much! Now I have a viable name for the box!

LILLY: I thought he's coming as Peter's replacement! Can you put this on Wayne's 2011 goal? Find Lilly a Lilly? LOL.

ME: I know! But if that doesn't work out I mean! GB said if we find Lilly a Lilly, go ahead and hire her and we'll figure it out. He said that. Seriously.

WAYNE: Hi, I just finished making a soup for tomorrow and found out I have a successor! I don't remember meeting him face to face other than phone call and email.

LILLY: Soup? I love soup... What kind of soup? And what does it have to do with your successor? Sorry, my brain is dead.

WAYNE: Winter melon.

LILLY: Wow!! I love that... With meat?

ME: Bring some soup for Lilly! It will revive her brain!

LILLY: Sounds good!!
So much for the successor.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010


I have been in my office for about an hour.
And I have moved so little that the automated light in my office just turned off.



I am so tired that my head hurts

It doesn't help that my allergies are kicking in.
Sore throat.
Runny nose.
Itchy eyes.


Joseph is coming back this morning.

The Dog.
The Kid (not that I see him much or have to do much with him).
Late nights due to work and appointments.

It's only been two days but it feels like a damn month!

I can't imagine being a single parent.
I'd have to give up the dog or the kid.

Guess which is more trouble.
It's kind of a toss up.
I might have to get rid of both.


Falling while Driving

Heard on the radio this morning:
"...man fell out his car while driving I-95. People stopped to help the man. He was alright. The car continued on for two tenths of a mile before crashing into the guard rail."

How does that even happen?
How do you fall out of a car WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING??
Wasn't he wearing his seatbelt??

And how about the people who stopped to help him?
On I-95.
That's a HIGHWAY!
Are they crazy??

And the car crashing into a guard rail?
Uh... let's state the obvious, why don't we??

Must be a slow news morning.