Tuesday, Nov. 09, 2004
The Full Veggie
I didn't go to work today. (Has the sky fallen yet?) I felt crummy all weekend, granted, but I figured I was over it yesterday. No such luck! I won't give you the gory details. Suffice to say that I spent most of the day in bed and it wasn't for the purposes of fun and frolic.
It was a bad day to miss, too. Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be my busiest days, so I'll be playing catch-up tomorrow, assuming I am working tomorrow. Doesn't come along too often that I hit the point of immobility but today was definitely it.
Whine moment: I pay virtually all of my bills by automatic payment. I just check the amount of the bill and make sure the money's in my "bills" account to cover it. Unfortunately my bank is changing hands, so now I get to re-establish every payment. And I am the world's worst procrastinator. It's why I chose to GO with automatic payments; it pays my bills on time and I don't worry about late fees. Took me something like four months to get all of the accounts set up, because I put it off, over and over again.
I guess I should be glad it's hitting at this time of year, when in theory my work load should be reduced. I just hope this year holds to type and actually does become a little quieter over the holiday season. I've got to rent a car in early December, as I was invited to tour a new mining site, now in the early phases of exploration. In an area of staggering unemployment and repressed economy, the ramifications of up to 1000 new jobs is just immense. I can't recall if I posted here or not, but this will be an underground mine - actually more than a mile below the surface, at a depth where ambient temperatures are 170ºF. Much too hot for humans to survive for more than a very minimal time. I'm fascinated by the technology they intend to employ in construction and operation.
I'm also intrigued by medical implications, even after temperature controls are functioning. How will that much difference in altitude (and thus air pressure) affect the workers who do, in fact, descend that far to work every day? What happens when, inevitably, there is a power failure, for whatever reason, and workers are stranded in a hostile world? It's space-age technology at its most high-tech. In fact, I'm sure there's a crossover in technology between the two industries. One of the spokesmen for the mining company said he believes that this is the future of mining. I think it's the future of mining and many other things.
That's my 2¢ worth, full rebate available on request.
I'm signing off for the night to go curl up and watch television. (Okay, now I KNOW the sky is falling!) If I didn't read and comment on your diary, I'll catch up with you later. For now I plan to shift to vegetable mode. Not to worry - it won't last. Boss will see to that!
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )