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We gotta get out of this place

Posted in retirement, Work with tags , , on September 23, 2020 by jefferyrn

The days go by so quickly and yet the future seems so far away. I am so ready to retire from this place and spend my last days doing what I want to do when I want to do it. I turned 60 this month. It’s amazing I have lived this long and yet I see at least 20 more years in my future. It looks like I might be able to retire at 62. It all depends on our financial situation and healthcare.

DOW in downward spiral

Watching the stock market makes be afraid that my goal is unattainable. The real estate prices are holding so we might be able to sell our place. We might need to do that now and start renting. Our destination is Palm Springs. The prices there remain stable. But then I hear stories of investors looking for deals. Palm Springs is on their list. With people working from home during this pandemic, workers are discovering they don’t need to be in San Francisco or Los Angeles. They can work from anywhere there is internet.

Palm Springs is roughly 100 miles from LA or as the song goes 99 miles. There is less traffic, less smog, better weather (if you don’t count the extreme heat in the summer), and an all-round increase in the quality of life. That’s why I want to move there.

Also, it is eclectic. All sorts of people live there. Here I am surrounded by conservative MAGAs who scare the crap out of me. In Palm Springs I hope to be surround by my own people. It is a gay retirement destination of sorts. It is an old Hollywood retreat historically, but now it is more of a golf and leisure land with 360 days of sunshine a year. I don’t play golf but I would rather look out at those fields of grass then into my neighbor’s condo as I do now.

Beautiful Palm Springs

I think we would make friends. Not that we don’t have friends, but friends that understand who we are and aren’t just curious bystanders. I have high hopes for this utopia. But honestly we’ve got to get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do. The people here are such animals. Pun intended.

Breakfast of Champions

Posted in american idol, family, health, tv with tags , , , on April 28, 2010 by jefferyrn

It’s Wednesday.  Every Wednesday a group of us meet for breakfast before coming to work.  It’s a great way to start the day.  We get to complain about work, politics, our partners.  We gossip about coworkers. I call it therapy.  When I miss one my week doesn’t go as smoothly.

Some people call it the meeting of the grumpy old mens club.  I am the youngest member of the group and the only one who still has hair.  We do invite other youngsters but they don’t seem to come regularly like the grumpies do.  I think they are both bored and threatened by our knowledge and experience. …Or maybe they just don’t like us  😉

Bored Baby

Okay so maybe they aren’t this young …………….

I am still digesting breakfast and last nights DWTS and AI and now I am hooked on that darn Glee.  I will post later.

Dancing through life

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 13, 2010 by jefferyrn

I would review DWTS but I am having trouble with my own reality and didn’t find last nights show all that interesting.  So we will reserve comments until the elimination show.

I have been in a cuboideum for several months.  It starts with a committee I am on at work that is supposed to work together and come up with solutions to a problem.  This committee has been meeting for nine months.   During this time a key member of the committee got promoted to director of a new department created for her.  Up till now we have worked together toward a common goal with few issues.  Now that this person has been promoted, my problems have become a nightmare.

I have been accustom to working with her and the other people as equals.  We shared information and frustrations together.   Since her promotion suddenly and without warning my expression of frustration in an email to her are brought to the attention of my boss, and not only my boss, but my boss’s boss.  She tells him that she doesn’t want to work with me on the project anymore.  Could he replace me.   She offered no reason other than to say that I was uncooperative.

So now what happens?  I am asked to meet with my manager and he asks we what the situation is all about.   I tell him that all I have to go on is her hostile response to one of my emails in which I had not “carefully worded” my response.  I offer to forward this email to him so he might judge for himself what is going on.

Sensing her hostility,  I had already replied to the email apologizing for any miss understanding she might have of the language and asked her for a meeting so we could discuss the process we were working on.

This didn’t work.

She had a meeting with my boss.

My boss told me to be more “careful” when dealing with directors and above.  Only communicate answers to their questions and offer no opinions.

So next thing that happens he wants to know all about this project.  He has a one on one meeting with her and discovers all the issues we were facing.

Then he has a meeting with the rest of the committee and tells us what she said.

Then we have a meeting with the vendor.  The whole committee attends minus her.   Now my boss is supposed to have a meeting with her and tell her what we found out from the vendor.

Do you see what has happened here?   She has pulled rank.  She doesn’t have time for our committee anymore but she still wants to know what we are doing and in fact her job depends on our outcomes.

Who is really the problem here?