From our C.E.O.:
Happy New Year!...Or just before downing large quantities of beer. I'm so cynical. :-)
Have you ever had the feeling that something big is about to happen? We all know it. It’s that feeling of anticipation that you might get before a sporting event, or the pleasure of seeing a young child’s birthday party, or perhaps the excitement of getting your first vehicle.
Wasn't in the mood for an after-work party at a local bar yesterday given how tonight I'll be hitting the bar. Back-to-back days are not what the doc has on tap. So missed a party that was for someone who left the company and who is now leaving THAT company. Only one parting gift per customer please. Only one after-work party per sojourning former team member.
Am in significant reading deficit, defined as more than two days without a steady diet of read. I want to RMAO soon. I can't wait to captain my chair and burn the midnight oil reading about the whale oil in Moby Dick or maybe attempt to finish War & Peace in one sitting using Evelyn Woods's course. I jest. I met a lady who reads that fast and I wondered why. Reading, like eating, is best done leisurely.
Fried my brain yesterday via copious spreadsheet work, but with the benefit of background listenings to A Prairie Home Companion, the Nutcracker Suite, and Thomas Sowell on National Review. I've a surfeit of news and information so I should stick to the glow of Scripture and holy things at home. That and the long-form narratives we all crave.
Haiti isn't godforsaken, though it sure seems that way. Like a dysfunctional family, there's a tendency to want to have them start over in new families, i.e. countries. It's just unfathomable that a country so poor, so challenged, should have this happen; it reminds me of the potato famine in that you had this huge numbers of people living very vulnerably; the Irish depending too much on the potato, and the Haitians, relying on an unstable government and even less stable buildings not even close to being built to code. But the ambassador from Haiti is a proud man with obvious pride in his country when he said called Haitians a courageous people, and I don't doubt it.
On the elevator I noticed a young blonde offered me good body language. She leaned towards me, and I thought about how this was not unlike other girls her age and it occurred to me I've become safe to them. Old enough not to be taken seriously as a potential papabile, so to speak.
There's a point at which caution and wariness becomes paranoia. I do find the conspiratorial mindset intriguing if only because I tend to lack the imagination for it. Sometimes the paranoids are right; a family member suggested I not fund my Roth 401k versus a regular 401k because it's better to get the tax benefit now rather than later, a later that might never come. The government could easily renege and begin taxing Roths in the future just as they did with Social Security. With debt skyrocketing, all bets on the security of governmental promises are iffy.