November 9th, 2007

wombat

Unsettling continuity

So the Tres Hombres of the accounting section went out to happy hour after work tonight, where we were joined by the Marketing Chick and the woman from estimating. Much griping about the staffing problem ensued - management seems to understand the idea that when you get more work you need to hire more project managers and more subcontractors, but they don't quite get the need for more bodies on the admin side as well. So right now we're in a situation very familiar to me from the Cold War days, except that now I'm the one in the outfit with way more teeth than tail. Sucks to be in the overworked tail. The griping about management reminded me of similar happy hours with folks at the Evil Banking Neighbor....oh, well. At least nobody at the construction company is trying to sell us any bullshit labeled as "empowerment", and we can still call each other faggots without worrying about creating a Hostile Working Environment. It's not the Goonfleet Construction Company, but it'll do.

The gossip promised earlier this week is actually pretty thin gruel, and more than likely no surprise to anyone who's been keeping an eye on KakkoiCon. My source commented that they were expecting an attendance of about 2000 (quite possible) and while they have plenty of experienced con-goers, seemed a little light on leadership. Well, they have Elizabeth Sloan advising them, which won't hurt, and it's amazing how under pressure somebody usually winds up stepping forward to take charge. Good luck, guys.

It's supposed to be cloudy and wet most of the weekend. Just as well; I wasn't planning on going anywhere anyway.
wombat

Maybe if I hadn't gone to bed so early last night...

...I could have noted that yesterday was Debbie Harry's 62nd birthday. I'm not sure whether to be grateful or annoyed with Jack M. at Ace of Spades for pointing that out, although I think the clip of Debbie singing a duet with Kermit the Frog is kinda cute and Jack's story about discovering Blondie (and with it, Debbie) is definitely one for the books.

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Looks like she'll be on tour at the 9:30 next week, unfortunately before payday. It's probably sold out anyway. :(