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Offline Omni

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« Reply #705 on: March 28, 2019, 10:19:14 pm »
Yellowknife.

Ok...  Not quite the FAR north... 

Not the nicest town, but there's some history here.  Visiting friends....   Taking photos.

Been there a number of times myself. Are you gonna try a little gold panning? Safe journey.

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« Reply #706 on: March 28, 2019, 10:38:17 pm »
Been there a number of times myself. Are you gonna try a little gold panning? Safe journey.

Haven't tried goldpanning.   Where does one do this?

Logjohn Jamboree is happening up here.  Always something going on!
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« Reply #707 on: March 28, 2019, 10:45:59 pm »
Haven't tried goldpanning.   Where does one do this?

Logjohn Jamboree is happening up here.  Always something going on!

Maybe they have dug all the gold up by now. I haven't been there for that Jamboree but I did arrive my first visit to Whitehorse the very first day of the Sourdough Rendezvous. Now that was fun. 

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« Reply #708 on: March 31, 2019, 06:24:41 pm »
I will be getting a new boss soon, as Production Chief Pete is retiring.  I had been wondering if I might be taking over Pete's job, but I won't be, which is kind of a relief because there's a lot of stuff that I don't know.  The new guy will be an outsider.

I have been working with Engineer Ed a lot recently.  Ed's time is extremely valuable.  Good Boss Greg is the brains behind most of our products, but Ed is the detail man... he turns Greg's ideas into real products.  So when the two of them get to work on projects together, it adds lots of value to the company.  Me, on the other hand, mere pennies, really.  So to help free up Ed to do more things I've taken on some of his more menial tasks.  It's quite exciting, because even though I'm not one of the smart people, at least I get to work with them.

The Minions have not needed a lot of beating on lately.  Alpha Minion still wanders into my cubicle emanating a billowing cloud of toxic cigarette smoke just about every day. Beta Minion still has to be yelled at for daydreaming once in a while, and she seems to be developing a bit of a nose picking problem. I'm not sure if I should interfere in that... it's her nose. It's her finger. I don't know if I should say anything. Milton Minion has been more conversant lately, and seems to have recovered from the trauma of the nipples incident. His grooming has even improved.

Now that spring has arrived I have started jogging and biking again.  The jogging is not going well... after a winter of inactivity my lungs are really struggling.

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« Reply #709 on: April 10, 2019, 05:48:53 am »
Just had a friend over... and we realized the last time we saw each other was a big show we did 2 years ago... drinking and smoking cigarettes afterwards until 3 am...

Now he's been diagnosed with heart condition and us diagnosed with a baby :D we had a no-salt dinner, no booze, no cigarettes.  Things change pretty quickly.   2 years isn't "quick" but for a change like this it is.

I can actually feel myself getting boring.  I feel fulfilled and contented but I have empathy for a whole different approach to life now - slower and more careful. 
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« Reply #710 on: April 10, 2019, 01:11:35 pm »
NO BOOZE!
 
There's no salt in booze.
Are you just being sympathetic because Mrs. Mike is breast feeding?
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« Reply #711 on: April 10, 2019, 01:45:05 pm »
I generally feel bad, yes.
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« Reply #712 on: April 10, 2019, 04:22:07 pm »
I'm glad to report that at least some of the bulbs I planted last fall seem to have survived the squirrels and are peeking out of the ground. Whew!
That'll keep me contented for years.

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« Reply #713 on: April 13, 2019, 02:52:47 am »
Congratulations on your budding garden!

I don't have a garden, but I do have a potted plant that somehow hasn't died yet.

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« Reply #714 on: April 13, 2019, 03:56:18 am »
This week I noticed a high-pitched whining sound around the office, and I thought something might be wrong, but it turned out it was just Ted Technician back from vacation.  It was so relaxing while he was away.

Production Chief Pete's replacement quit before he even started, so we're kind of in a jam.  We've got another guy lined up, but Pete is leaving soon and the new guy won't be here in time to train with him.

Spending more time working with Engineer Ed has been interesting.  He is giving me bite-sized tasks that I can do for him while he works on other things. I have noticed that he has some sort of quality that makes people want to suck up to him. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but people just seem to want to make him happy. I am not exactly sure why. My own Minions seem to suck up to him more than they suck up to me, which sort of annoys me.  I think part of it is that they're used to me complaining about them, whereas if Ed comes to the Minion Cage to talk to them in person it means they've **** up big time and they feel they're in trouble.  Pete and I have drilled into their tiny brains that wasting Ed's time by screwing up is a bad thing.  Also it could be that like me they suspect that beneath Ed's calm exterior is an axe-murderer who could snap, and they don't want to be the first dismembered corpse in his freezer. (although I suspect that honor is reserved for Ted.)  But there's more.  They seem to want his approval. They seem to want to score brownie-points with him.  Alpha Minion will go to him with a check-list of things that he doesn't really need to check over. Beta Minion will go to him to ask the dumbest questions, sometimes about stuff like the coffee machine making weird sounds. Why does she need to ask him about the coffee machine making weird sounds?  I don't get it. He's okay with people, but not in a way that ought to make the Minions want to suck up to him.  I feel somewhat agitated about this. They're my Minions, they should be sucking up to me.


I met the most fascinating woman last night at the bar.  She works at some sort of a web thing. I asked what she did there, and she sort of low-key mentioned that she's the CEO. I cyber-stalked her when I got home and discovered she's also a published photographer. She's heterosexual... she mentioned her boyfriend several times while we were chatting. When people do that it sometimes makes me feel self-conscious... like, did she mention that specifically to let me know that she's not into me? If she did, why did she feel she had to? Did I give the impression that I was into her?  I totally was, but I wasn't trying to pick her up.  I still feel all tingly from talking with her, even 24 hours later.



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« Reply #715 on: April 13, 2019, 09:12:43 am »
Life as s Kimmy continues.  Are you still seeing that last lady?

I am ramping up for moving to the new house...

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« Reply #716 on: April 13, 2019, 01:14:14 pm »
Hard to find properly grateful minions these days.
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Re: Personal Stuff
« Reply #717 on: April 13, 2019, 02:13:40 pm »
They're my Minions, they should be sucking up to me.

Minion envy

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« Reply #718 on: April 17, 2019, 11:08:00 pm »
Minion envy

More than ever.  I have been usurped. Dethroned.  Deposed.  There has been a Minion uprising, and Alpha Minion has claimed my kingdom. She is now the Minion Queen.  I am left with nothing. Stripped of my territories, exiled to the cramped confines of my own cubicle.

This coup d'etat was part of the ongoing shuffling of the production department, as Production Chief Pete prepares for retirement. Pete's replacement is now on site and training, and it was decided that promoting Alpha Minion to a supervisory position would be one of the things we do to divide up the workload that Pete leaves behind.  Shuffling me out of that role seems counter-intuitive, but it was felt that giving Alpha a more supervisory role and dividing Pete's work between her and Replacement Pete would be the best way to go. 

As for me I move into a role that's more closely aligned with Good Boss Greg and Engineer Ed.  We produce massive amounts of documentation, processes, procedures, reports, and that sort of thing.  I'm going to be assisting the smart-people with that so that they have more time to work on smart-people things.  Everything is very tightly controlled and even small changes need to be tracked through a quality process so that's going to be something I am doing from now on.  I'll still be producing document packages for the Minions' production work, but I won't be involved in their day to day shenanigans anymore.   Even though I won't be commanding Minions anymore, this is actually a step up for me in the sense that they're giving me more challenging work to do.  They liked what I've been doing on that side of the operation, and have decided to have me do it full time. So having my Minions taken away from me is kind of a promotion.

And if I'm lucky, it means I won't have to deal with Alpha's toxic aura of carcinogenic doom quite as often.  I will probably be dead at 45 from lung cancer caused by her second-hand smoke, while she lives to 102.



Pictured: Alpha Minion (center) with Milton Minion (left) and Beta Minion (right).


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« Reply #719 on: April 17, 2019, 11:09:53 pm »
Life as s Kimmy continues.  Are you still seeing that last lady?

Yes, although I'm not sure there's a future in it.

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