Archive for January, 2009

My Day

Here’s how I spent my day. I was awakened at 6:30 a.m. by the new cat puking on the bed. Before I could toss him out the bedroom door into the courtyard he puked on the carpet. Nothing like cleaning up cat puke the start one’s morning. Apparently he has been feasting on the bamboo pant in the master bath. I went back to bed and slept another hour. After having breakfast and getting dressed I read email and a few blogs while munching on leftover palmiers I made for last night’s potluck. Dana called to see how my job search was progressing and to catch up on recent events. She gave me a lead on a job with her husband’s employer. Suddenly it was 11 a.m. and I was hungry for lunch. I had an early lunch of blue box and a can of tuna (high protein, low fat) while watching Judge Judy and The People’s Court. Sheila called and we chatted for hour. We talked about their wonderful inaugural potluck dinner, Ricardo’s (a dinner guest) wish to be buried in his native Cuba, the neighbors who are preparing to leave for the Peace Corp, the developer who is papering the neighborhood looking for houses to buy, why said developer doesn’t buy one of the four houses currently for sale ($1.9 to 6.8 million), the older single bitch cunt who is now adding a two story addition to her 5,500 square foot house, why she is universally disliked in the neighborhood, Sheila’s life coach and my unemployment status. It was soon 1 p.m. so we ended our call and I headed to the gym. On the way to the gym I stopped at Walgreens to use the Chase ATM to retrieve my unemployment payment. Unfortunately the ATM was broken so I headed to the gym for a leg and shoulder workout followed by cardio. I left the gym at 3:30 p.m. and headed to an another Walgreens that is south of the gym. I retrieved my money and then headed to the credit union to deposit the money into my checking account. I was home by 3:45 p.m. and proceeded to bake Mexican chocolate fudge brownies from a recipe I got at a cooking class I took in San Francisco two years ago. Midway through the recipe I discovered I did not have enough flour so I headed to the grocery store to buy flour. I returned home, finished mixing the brownies and threw them in the oven. I cleaned the kitchen while the brownies baked. The brownies turned out better than expected so I walked two over to Tom and Sheila’s (they are dieting or I would have sent more). I came back home read the Westword (a local weekly newspaper) and checked email. It is now 6:15 and I need to forage the refrigerator for dinner. Tonight I’ll probably watch Lost and Top Chef and then head to bed. Tomorrow I’m meeting Judy and Cindi for lunch and then going to the flower wholesaler to pick out flowers for Mary. I’ll be dropping off  most of the brownie’s at their office to get them out of the house. How will I ever have time to work full time?

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The United Stated has started a promising new era. However, as happy as I am to see a change in the administration I’m still in a personal funk. I’m not sure what to do about it. Perhaps I’ll be better when my man comes home on Friday.

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Inaugural Pot Luck

I’m off to Tom and Sheila’s for an inaugural potluck celebration. I’ll be back on Wednesday.

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Is It Greed?

A few years ago a developer scraped a house and built a new “spec” home in the neighborhood south of our house. This neighborhood does not have covenants or an architectural control committee. The builder was allowed to build any style of house as long as it met city building codes. The builder chose to erect a 3349 square foot two story stucco house. There are no other two story houses on the block. All of the other houses are brick ranch style houses that range in size from 900 to 1500 square feet. The new house was priced at $975,000 while the other houses on the street were selling in the low to mid 300’s. The house sat on the market for a year even though the housing market was still booming. It seems that nobody wanted the buy this overpriced albatross with no curbside appeal. Over time the price dropped to $950,000 then to $925,000 and finally ended up at $850,000. Eventually the house ended up in foreclosure. The house sat empty for at least another year. The house has finally sold and the new owners have moved in. They paid $575,000 for the house, $400,000 less than the original asking price. The LLC that was formed to build the house is now probably bankrupt and the owner of the mortgage has probably lost most of their investment. A lesson can be learned from this business failure. However, not everyone is paying attention. Last week another builder tore down a house one block south to make way for a new two story spec home.

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My Friend W

My friend, W, called me this morning to let me know she is being laid off from the Company. Her last day on payroll will be January 26th. She has worked at least thirty years in the industry. I was shocked to hear she is being let go. W was dedicated to the Company, worked very long hours, and was admired by all of her peers. She was a product manager for several lines that brought in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. This woman was highly accomplished and an innovative marketer. W and I commiserated on the phone for several hours. I gave her a lot of helpful pointers and suggested that she consult an employment lawyer. She has sacrificed so much for the company and now she is being tossed out the door just like I was. She is still in shock and is fearful she may not find another good paying job because of her age (57). I told her I felt the same way when I was let go. I also told her to concentrate on her many skills and accomplishments. I was able to reassure her that I experienced all the same emotional ups and downs. I think she was feeling better by the end of our conversation. We exchanged personal contact information and agreed to stay in touch.

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Gym Rant #4

Being unemployed allows me to spend two hours a day at the gym. This has given me an abundance of material to write about. I’m consistently amazed at the poor behavior of the gym members. Perhaps they act differently at home, although, I seriously doubt it. I will continue the gym rants since I know that at least one reader enjoys my sarcastic review of the gym members’ behavior and fashion faux pas.

If the formerly white t-shirt you have been wearing to work out in has turned to a dingy gray color and has permanent yellow perspiration stains in the underarms it is time to find something else to work out in. The stained t-shirt you have been wearing makes you look like a complete slob. Granted the gym is not a fashion show but you should take pride in your appearance. After all, you are working out with the hopeful intent of improving your health and appearance. Aren’t you?

If your underwear has holes and rips, or, if I can see the hairs on your butt cheeks through your tighty whities because you have worn them thinner than tissue paper it is time buy new underwear. If money is tight you can always find discounted underwear at TJ Maxx or Marshalls.

I don’t know the locker room habits of the female gym members but it seems that the majority of the men use the ugliest towel they can find. Don’t they have any decent towels at home? Or is their spouse only letting them use the nasty old towels that will not be missed if they are lost?

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Last Call

My salesman at Neimans called to tell me their last call sale starts on January 21st. Unfortunately, my unemployment check does not cover clothes shopping at Neimans. I would rather have car insurance than another Theory or Robert Graham shirt. Perhaps K will want to stop in and pick up a few things. Thankfully, we wear the same shirt size.

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