Monday, Dec. 06, 2004
Discovery and Wishful Thinking
I'm awake - still or already, depending on your point of view. It's annoying as heck to be dead tired and wide awake. I needed the sleep but am not likely to be catching up any time soon.
It's rained all night. I'm amazed - I thought for sure it would turn to snow, but the temperature is 35º at the moment, so we're right on the cusp. It's 7am and more or less daylight, so I doubt we'll get any colder. Ergo no snow likely here in town. The mountains are another story. The weather service said it's supposed to clear off later today. If so I'll see if I can snap some photos and get them posted.
I hope that when I get to work it's good news, that I got one of the cars in Saturday's auction. Not sure when they'll be announcing the results. It might not be until tomorrow, actually, now that I think about it. The Board of Supervisors meets Tuesdays, and I think they announce the results at that time. Normally they have standard, open auctions for surplus items. I only vaguely recall one previous sealed auction, in the ten years or so that I've worked for this station. I'll call or email the procurement supervisor and verify, since they're the department that handles all of this.
I'm not looking forward to going outside today. The borrowed vehicle I've been using, aside from being toxic waste on wheels, both for the eyes and for the air, a stupendously wasteful gas guzzler, very shaky mechanically, and rolling on four bald tires, the sucker has no heat and only one windshield wiper that works. The picture at left should show you that I'm not exaggerating in the least. This puppy should have been in automobile heaven a long, long time ago - or at the very least, put out to pasture. By the way, that's not a vinyl roof. Or at least, it's not any more. It's rust making it that color...
I'm crossing my fingers that within the next day or two I can get a new and much improved automotive photo to display... For now I guess I'd better get my butt in gear and finish getting ready for work. Man... I'd about kill for a vacation day right now. A real day off, not a 'well yeah but while you're resting, would you just..."
I just discovered an old picture CD, one from 2001 when I met an Internet friend in Santa Barbara. She's still one of the more fascinating ladies I've ever met - she's got twin masters degrees, one in physics and one in oceanography. She attended and graduated from MIT in spite of a strong bias against women that existed and my well still prevail. She's an extraordinary horsewoman and a terrific writer. Now that I think about it, I should look her up again. I haven't heard from her in a while.
I'll peruse the photos on that disk and probably post some here. There are some pretty gorgeous shots of the ocean and some of the sailing vessels that were out that weekend. Santa Barbara is absolutely stunning, and we had a blast, got zero sleep because we talked until something like 3am (this was in the days when my normal workday began at 5am and I was sleeping with some degree of regularity.)
But for now I'm off to see the (un)blizzard and get myself ready for work. Ciao!
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 - )