Saturday, August 27, 2016

Then there was Friday...

I got up early Friday morning (I woke up all night long). The alarm on my phone went off while I was reading in bed (sh*t! I forgot to turn that sucker off). Unfortunately, it woke up Jake and Carla as well. They politely asked me to "disable that damn thing" when I joined them downstairs for coffee...

I assured them it is only set for weekdays.

Jake and Carla both left, as she had a 10:00 a.m. appointment.

I did the Blog and shaved and showered while she was gone.

When she got back from her appointment, she took me to the Cracker Barrel for bunch. It was delicious and the most I've eaten in almost a week!

Then we drove to Jake's work. I don't know what "threat level" they are at, but I couldn't get onto the base. So, I had to wait in the Visitor Center (or what ever its called) at the gate. The lady behind the counter asked if she could help me and I explained I was instructed to wait here until Carla returned with Jake.

While I was waiting, a little old black lady came in with her two small grandkids (both boys and maybe 3 and 4 years old). The man behind the counter asked if he could help her. She said she was supposed to pick up her son, but now she was going to jail!

It turned out when she stopped at the gate, the soldier noticed neither kid was in a car seat, so he told her to pull off and wait while he called the civilian police.

Sidebar: It seems that he daughter-in-law had dropped off the boys, but forgot the car seats. She had to get her son,  so she put them in the back seat, put their seat belts on and drove in.

So, she sat and waited for the police. Her grandsons kept saying, "Please don't go to jail!" The older one said, "I promise to be good if you don't go." She turned to him and said, "Why, you're not bad! You sometimes don't listen, but that doesn't mean you're bad."

Broke my heart!

Eventually, a woman police officer showed up, along with the daughter-in-law and the car seats. There was a long discussion, the seats and kids were installed in Granny's car and everyone went their separate ways. So, Grandma didn't go to jail, but I think she had a ticket in her hand as she left.

Jake and Carl finally rescued me and we went back home.  Carla and I visited while we watched some taped TV shows.

Going outside was like going into a sauna, BTW.

We decided on pizza for dinner. I still felt full from brunch, but I did manage to eat two pieces of excellent pizza.

We watched some taped TV shows we all like and then finally went to bed. It was funny, as in Jake and Carla world, we "stayed up late."  Bedtime was 9:15 p.m!

Friday, August 26, 2016

And, I don't even do that!

Traveling man...

So, I slept terrible on Monday night. I finally just gave up and got up around 4:00 a.m. I ate one piece of dry toast and my morning pills.

I was headed for North Carolina for a late celebration of Carla's birthday. My plane was supposed to leave at 10:45 a.m., so I did the math, backwards. Boarding begins 20 minutes early, two hours to make sure I get through the security lines in time, 15 minutes to check in, 15 minutes or more to find a parking spot and a 30 minute drive to the airport meant I should leave by 7:30 a.m.

I left at 7:15 and, of course, traffic was light, I found a parking spot right away, I breezed through both check-in and security and ended up with more than two hours to wait!

I normally would just eat breakfast to kill time, but my stomach's still not so hot. So, I sat and read my book until it was time to go.

When it was time to board, nothing happened! A large Middle East family (grandparents, parents and three small children) started looking around (like I was). Finally they called all our names to go to Gate 26 (we were all at Gate 30) for finally boarding. Never heard the gate change announcement!

But we all made it in time. We had a relatively smooth flight to Charlotte, NC.

Sidebar: I had to smile. When we landing, the Middle easterners all clapped, just like they do in Puerto Rico!

For some reason or another, landing in Charlotte is just the beginning of a long road to the next plane. The taxi from the runway to the gate always seems to take FOREVER. Must be the way the runways are laid out or something, because you start to taxi, then wait, move a little more and then wait, over and over again.

But, we finally got there and I made it to the next gate (all the way  across the airport)

Sidebar: I must look like sh*t. At Detroit, they asked me if I wanted a wheelchair. At Charlotte, they told me I should wait for one of the electric carts. I declined both times.

We boarded and made the short hop to Columbia. I retrieved my check bag and waited a bit for Jake to show up. While I was waiting, I sent my boss and Victoria texts, letting them both know I made it okay.

Jake arrived, loaded my stuff and we headed for home.

Carla and Whiskey greeted my enthusiastically while Jake carried my stuff upstairs. Carla had bacon made for BLTs and she said we could either eat them for lunch or dinner. I explained my stomach was not doing so good and would rather wait.

So, Jake and I both changed into something more comfortable then we all sat and visited.

When dinner time came, Carla suggested I might like a leftover breaded veal cutlet and a spring salad, rather than the greasy bacon. So, I opted for that. It was delicious, although I could only eat about half of it.

Sidebar: I must admit, their BLTs looked pretty damn delicious.

We watched some TV and then went to bed around 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


I went to work on Wednesday. I made it to around 11:00 a.m. and then my boss told me to go home. I spent the rest of the day in bed drinking water and trying not to throw up. This GIRD is kicking my ass!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Catching up

I couldn't fill in the Blog over the weekend. I somehow lost Firefox and couldn't figure out how to get to the Internet. Vicky suggested using IE but that's not in my programs.

It didn't help that I have been sick since Sunday morning.

I finally figured out that IE has been replaced by Microsoft Edge. So, I downloaded Firefox and I'm back in business.

I almost made it to work on Tuesday. I shaved, showered got dress and got in the truck. I pulled out of the driveway and then thought, "Oh, hell no." So, I pulled back in the garage, undressed and went back to bed.

But, I made myself go in on Wednesday. I'll let you know how that goes...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Finally Friday

I got a lot of sleep on Thursday night, so I made it a point to get into work early. It was another hot, humid day.

Sidebar: I heard on WDET news that scientists have confirmed that, across America as a whole, this July was the hottest on record since records were kept (1885?). Oh, and that the polar ice cap is now mush (think the difference between an ice cube and crushed ice). No global warming? Get real. We are fncked. The only good thing is that I'm old enough that I'll be dead before it gets too bad...

Speaking about long-term problems, I also heard on the news that they are going to rebuild I-75. It will be a total gut and rebuild (entrance and exit ramps, over-passes, the roadway, etc. - like they did my section of I-96). The project is expected to take 14 years to complete!

Think about that for a moment...

Little Yanessa will be driving by that point.

So, any trips you wanted to take to Frankenmuth, or Birch Run, or bow hunting or to the UP (I-75 is the only expressway north) will be screwed...

That old Chinese curse (may you live in interesting times) has come true...

I went to Time Out for lunch and got the fish and chips. This time it was excellent as ever. It was slow there, so my waitress sat and chatted with me while I ate. She went to her concert last night (I forget who it was, not that I recognized his name). But, she got her nails done (not easy on a waitress salary) and was thrilled by him coming into the audience. She actually touched him! She had pictures to prove it.

Sidebar: Okay, that sounds silly. But, if you remember, I was the one who was struck dumb when meeting Michael Simon at the Roast (thank you again, Jake and Carla). So I understand hero worship.

She also showed me pictures of her son's seventh birthday and her current boyfriend's picture. He was smiling and she was proud of that.

From there, I went and got the truck washed.

Later in the day, around 3:00 p.m., we had a brief shower. So much for the car wash. I can't catch a break here.

I talked briefly with Michelle Pace. They are going to the Woodward Dream Cruise again this year this weekend (so is Fred).

I also chatted with Vicky. She finally tried one of the food trucks (never had the chance, but love the idea) on Campus Martius. She said she had an excellent corned beef sandwich and a drink for less than $10.00. The weather was perfect. So, she ate it on a bench in Campus Martius, listening to a young girl singing a song. Damn! That sounds excellent!

Back home, I treated the cat and changed clothes. I went out back and started harvesting the cherry and Italian tomatoes.

Sidebar: The Big Boy tomatoes Margaret had given me are now being attacked by the skunks (or whoever.

My neighbors were out harvesting their crops too. They offered me a butternut squash, which I appreciated.

I warmed up two brats and a can of Grillin' beans for my dinner. Then I watched the Olympics until bedtime.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday's Department Picnic

I said I didn't sleep well and I meant it. I must have shut off the alarm on the clock and ignored the one on the cell phone, because I woke up at 8:10 a.m.!!

Which was a problem. Today was the department picnic. I had put together the dry ingredients for my macaroni salad but still needed to make the dressing.

So, I sent a text apologizing to my boss, put together the dressing and finished making my dish. Then I shaved, showered and went to work.

Sidebar: I got there at 9:40 a.m. Jesus! How embarrassing.

By this time, Courtney had already gone to Meijer's with my corporate credit card (she picked the lock in my desk with a paper clip - so much for security) and bought paper plates, napkins and plastic silverware.

But, for the first time in some nine or ten years, I didn't have to run around picking up lasagna or chicken (since I have the only department credit card). This years picnic was orchestrated by Dan Rotermund, who had joined the PeopleSoft team. He had Mediterranean food catered in (which I paid for on the credit card, LOL).

So, at 11:30, I drove my butt over to Rotary Park and joined my crew. Everything was set up!

Salad bar

The main menu was cicken skewers with a cucumber, garlic and yogurt sauce; ham and cheese stromboli; a broccoli, cauliflower and carrot vegetable medley; Patatas Bravas with garlic aoli and a Strawberry, walnut and arugula salad. This was all catered by Olivo, American & Mediterranean cuisine. Of course, as people showed up, the tables filled up with their personal offerings.

Finally, we all sat down to eat.

Dan had also set up some games!


Corn Hole

I tried to teach Courtney to play horseshoes with limited success (I blew out my knee on the first toss) and she taught me to play corn hole.

Sidebar: My first toss at corn home went right in the hole! Courtney's did the same! But, it was all downhill after that...

I went back to work the second time I needed the bathroom. There were bathrooms in the park, but not nearby.

They brought the leftovers back to our building and we set them on the folding tables for the mechanics to eat.

There was still a lot left by the time we went home. I took a small tray of the vegetable medley.

Back home, I messed around on the computer, (processing my pictures, etc.). I warmed up some of the vegetables for my dinner and ate them watching the Olymics. Then I went to bed early.