Note to some folks I saw today…

Really, I had no idea.  I’m impressed with your importance in the grand scheme of things.  What possible vast impacts on the world can you be discussing?

They must be incredibly vital, given that you couldn’t spare the time to put down your phone while you were driving.  Or in the checkout line.  Or in the hallway next to our desks.  Or in the freaking restroom, for crying out loud.

Would it kill you to concentrate on actual self-awareness and/or civility for once?  Or are the people around you that invisible and unimportant?

Yeah, I thought as much.

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A walk on the ride side

Company outing at Six Flags New England today.  At least, that was the theory.  In practice it was more a loose association of folks who all work for the same company who might or might not show up at the same place and do similar activities.  Encounters with fellow employees were few and far between.

As it was a paid work day, it’s hard to complain about the opportunity to spend the day at the amusement park.  However, as a proposed family event, it left something to be desired.  The ability to eat for free at the picnic pavilion was nice, given that 6FNE food prices rival Disney’s, but the catering, though adequate, was limited and uninspired.  Moreover, the event pricing was very high for a company outing, especially for families with young children.  Other than the paid lunch and parking, the admission discount really was not cost-effective for bringing entire families.

I attended by myself, as my family does not care for the cost and hassle of 6FNE.  I appreciated the paid day and free lunch.  I got to ride the  rollercoasters and thrill rides.  I walked the park, enjoyed the nice weather and kitschy carny atmosphere.

But I really can’t say that I had much fun.

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Just slightly to the right – or left…

Part of dealing with change is adjusting your daily routines to the new environment. 

After our recent work move to a new building, I noticed that I felt differently about arriving at work.  It wasn’t just the usual ‘another work day’ feelings; something felt WRONG in big honking capital letters.  I thought it was the mouse-sized cubes, lack of privacy, or the general noise and distraction.

Nope.  This week, I finally figured out what it was.  And how to fix it.  Once I realized it, I was shocked to find this simple change could have such an effect on mood.

It’s a minor adjustment and not really a big deal.  Suffice it to say, though, I enjoy arriving at work much more now.

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Clean Surfaces

Came out after work to find a clean lot – very few cars still on the parking deck – so it was easy to find my car.  More familiar too – getting adjusted to the overall perception of the place – but the deck still seems pretty alien.  Way too much stark concrete without greenery, depending on your view, and it’s got those charmingly reassuring vibrations as cars drive along.  Don’t even get me started on the lovely dark underworld of the lower parking deck.  How can something so close to the sunshine seem so gloomy?  Can’t wait to see how it looks in the winter.

I must admit, though, one of the advantages of the recent move:  Everything in the cubelet is still so clean.  The mice and I haven’t had time to accumulate piles of paper or too much new odd stuff.  Everything still gets put away neat and tidy.  I kinda like it, though it’s very unusual for me.

The whiteboard’s still clean too, as is my work schedule for the next week.  Happy vacation daze to me (and others), and we’ll see folks in a fortnight plus.

Try not to have another reorg until I get back, OK?

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Musical Interlude

Our regularly scheduled coverage is pre-empted at this time. 

Instead, we invite you to join us as we enjoy the dulcet tones of David Allen Coe and Johnny Paycheck. 

Over and over and over.

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Module H176, Entry CA24

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Observation of Subject ZDB and others over the last 72 intervals has resulted in little useful data.  Subjects appear stressed and distracted, periodically rearranging and adjusting objects within their respective enclosures.  Several small items of apparent significance – primarily small totems and images of various Subjects in a social context – have been placed in prominent locations for shared viewing.  Occasionally, Subjects in adjacent enclosures will mimic each others’ behavior and arrangement patterns.  (Logistical Note:  Some of these arrangements are contrary to established procedures and may have to be normalized.)

Subjects are primarily engaged in activities concerning the reconstruction and repair of their occupational subsystems.  This has been a primary focus of theirs, even during their enclosure transitions; several Subjects performed these activities at great expense to their sleep cycle, thus exhibiting behavior even more unusual than normal.  The pace of these activities, while still intense, is becoming somewhat less frenetic, as we optimize our own systems to anticipate and more properly handle the interactions between Subjects and their new environment.

We have provided Subjects with access to suitable nourishment, including the usual grain-dairy-vegetable discs offered on the transition day.  While these foods normally are considered acceptable – often preferable – to Subjects, in this case reaction was mixed; Subjects seemed discontent, perhaps due to a lack of differentiation in the supplied discs.  Usage of the supplied standard food chits, designed to expose Subjects to more varied nutritional stimuli, is within expected parameters and should conclude this week.

Overall though, adaptation to the new habitats is progressing on-schedule, and with minimal casualties.  Subjects’ initial agitation is waning and they are resuming predicted patterns of behavior (other than a few notable exceptions).  Once Subjects completely acclimate to their new surroundings, we are confident that our research can continue with minimal additional disruption.

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Kubler-Ross, Stage Three

In the Kubler-Ross model, the third phase of grief is bargaining. This seems like an appropriate commentary on the day, as today we encounter various, evolving stages of grief. The irritating kind, not the sad kind.

Makes me very glad that we have a few folks who are doing their best to minimize the grief. Hang in there, folks; the move-related insanity will be mostly over soon.

Then we can get back to our regularly scheduled forms of insanity.

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