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06:49 am: Buying books and crossing bridges
As the time for my trip to Japan approaches, I feel like there just isn't enough time to get everything done. I've gotten my credit cards in order, and the hotel reservations are made, and I bought my plane tickets. My biggest concern right now is my poor patio garden. I'm getting a nice crop of green tomatoes, but I'm afraid they won't be ripe before it's time for me to leave. The plants can't go for two days without being watered, much less two weeks. The other thing on my mind is that my annual leave hasn't shown up on the work schedule, despite the fact that it's already been approved on the computer AND I've emailed the supervisor in charge of the scheduling team twice about it. I emailed a third time this past week after the "final" version of the schedule came out with my leave still not on it.

Aside from that, work has been going as usual. The biggest thrill (if you can call it that for something that scares you to pieces) was that I had to drive to Oakland on Friday to help out at the maritime port. Driving locally is bad enough. Driving one of those huge CBP SUVs on the highway over the Oakland Bay Bridge...my hands were frozen to the steering wheel with terror, particularly when I was sandwiched between the wall of the bridge on one side and a semi truck on the other. All it would take is one slip in concentration--by ANY driver--and boom. Ugh, I don't know how people can stand to do that every day.

On the bright side, I only have two more weeks left of cargo training. Half of a week will be spent at the desk answering phones, so not much more driving to do.

In other news, on Saturday the 11th I met up with Jenn and her friend in Berkeley to go shopping for used books. I had the foresight to bring a wheeled bag along to carry my purchases. We walked all over town, hitting at least six different stores. I wound up buying about $100 worth of books, enough to fill up another whole bookshelf. We ate lunch at a new Mediterranean place where you not only have to borrow a key to use the bathroom, you have to use the key to activate a secret elevator, and then use it again inside the elevator, just to GET TO the bathroom. That is one heavily fortified bathroom.

Jenn mentioned that she hangs out on Facebook, but she never reads LiveJournal, and I also received an invitation to join a Facebook community set up by some former college classmates, so I set up an account over there to keep in touch. I still plan to do all of my posting here, though.

And now the dirty dishes are calling...

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From:manga_crow
Date:July 19th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Your supervisor needs a kick in the pants :p But yay for cargo training being almost done =) For some reason, driving work vehicles is always twice as scary as driving your own car; I can't imagine doing it in a city like SF =/

$100 worth of used books? Talk about a feast^^ Of course, that's probably just enough to tide you over until your trip =)

I personally loathe Facebook, but that's probably more of a personal thing; I hit accept on every friend request that came my way for a while, and now I have this huge list of people that I don't want to talk to in RL, let alone share with over the internet =/ It's like the internet equivalent of small talk, and that's something I'm pretty horrible at. I know a lot of people that love it though, so ymmv.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 19th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Your supervisor needs a kick in the pants

This time it isn't my direct supervisor, but rather the one in charge of the scheduling team. I agree, though, that I would expect more responsiveness.

Of course, that's probably just enough to tide you over until your trip

Actually, I've been spending less time reading and more time working on an Avatar fic project. It's...ambitious. The nice thing about fic plotting is that I can do it in my head while I work. (In contrast, it's a lot more difficult to read while trying to shake bugs out of fresh herbs.)

I personally loathe Facebook, but that's probably more of a personal thing; I hit accept on every friend request that came my way for a while, and now I have this huge list of people that I don't want to talk to in RL, let alone share with over the internet

I only accept friend requests from people that I know...or, in the case of distant relatives, people I'd know if I could remember everyone at reunions. If someone sends me a request and I don't recognize the person, it's just going to sit there. Of course, that means I might be ignoring requests from people I only know through, say, fandom nicknames, but if they're really determined they can always drop me a message and explain.
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From:manga_crow
Date:July 20th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
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An ambitious Avatar fic project? O.o That sounds interesting =) Yeah, things like that are great for occupying the mind while the body has to do the daily grind.
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From:megory
Date:July 20th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
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Ay, yai, yai! That driving sounds really scary. I hope it gets easier if you need to continue doing it.

Congratulations on finding some books you like.

It must be unnerving not seeing the annual leave on the schedule and not hearing back from the supervisor. It might be worth a personal visit if the emails are not getting a response.
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From:megory
Date:July 20th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Or, Bob suggested going through your other supervisor to the scheduling supervisor. He wasn't sure because he doesn't have a scheduling supervisor. But he thought that your supervisor is probably the one responsible to make sure things are happening for you the way they should be.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 21st, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Or, Bob suggested going through your other supervisor to the scheduling supervisor.

That's what I wound up doing. I told him about the problem and sent him a copy of the email (so he knew the email was getting through). He says he'll contact the other supervisor to see what's going on.
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From:megory
Date:July 22nd, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
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I hope that gets the results you need.

Also, about the patio garden...What about meeting your neighbor who shares the patio? Maybe she would be willing to water your plants for some kind of trade, like a meal or some souvenir from Japan. I once met two of her friends who were visiting. They seemed very nice and friendly. But they were from out of town, Bruno and somewhere else.
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