Archive for April, 2014

Off To A Good Start

I thought Friday was going to be a day to coast since the start of a new production cycle gave me four weeks to complete my projects. I had planned to bang out the easy no-brainer projects so I could start the weekend stress free. Unfortunately, that plan went to hell after an early morning conference call. Major changes were needed to a new product offer that was launching globally in a week. The product, from the previous production cycle, had been locked down waiting for the launch. The code had to be rewritten, tested, regression tested and user tested in a day. It was balls to walls all day. So much for an easy, breezy Friday.

I closed the laptop at three and headed to gym. I had a great workout. It felt good the rid my body of the stress of the day. After the gym, I whipped up a protein shake and finished off some chicken lo mein leftover from Thursday night’s dinner with Fritz. I fed the cat, showered, shaved, dressed and headed to the art museum. I thought the museum’s final Friday program was dud so did a walking tour of the Golden Triangle gallery openings after watching an urban fashion show in the plaza outside of the museum.

The four-inch heel crowd was out in force arriving in their luxury cars with handsome men in tow. The Golden Triangle galleries are higher end so they attract a more affluent clientele as opposed to crowd at the co-ops. I saw some appealing art but all of it was out of my price range.

My final stop of the night was the Madeleine Dodge and Annalee Schorr show at Spark. The show was stellar. Madeleine and Annalee’s colorful works complement each other. Madeleine’s large scale archival giclee prints were a departure from her usually paintings on steel but were just as beautiful and moving. Annalee’s bright color palate was refreshing and crisp. I was able to chat briefly with both artists about their work and processes. I made tentative plans to meet with Madeleine about customizing a piece for the family room to replace a piece of her art that departed with the divorce. I also talked briefly with Kate McGuinness about a future project before heading home.

I could feel the humidity in the cool spring night air as I walked back to the car parked on Santa Fe. A cold front was moving in with the promise of high country snow and city rain for the part of the weekend. Once home, I opened the bedroom windows, poured a glass of wine and jumped in the tub for a soak. By the time I hit the bed the room had cooled down substantially. It felt good to snuggle under the covers with cat resting on top of the comforter at my feet. The weekend was off to a good start.

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Wasting 60 Grand

Access to the servers was restored late yesterday morning. A guy who said he was too busy to look into the issue managed to find time to implement a fix. The guy sent an email advising it only took him thirty seconds to restore the service. My team sat around for a day and half basically doing nothing. Yet the fix only took thirty seconds. My team costs the company about $5k per hour. The company wasted $60k in salary because this man couldn’t see that he should have made access to the servers the top priority. This guy thought he was touting his success, but in my eyes, he only made himself look like an idiot for wasting $60k.

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Dead In The Water

Access to the test servers was down all day yesterday and the problem has carried into today. My team is getting paid to sit and answer the occasional email while waiting for access to be restored. I find it rather odd that I work in an IT department yet nobody in the IT department has been able to resolve the issue.

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Mr. I Does It Again

Mr. Incompetent, my work manager, dumped his work on me once again. He sat on two projects for a month. The projects were to be completed by Friday. On Friday morning I discovered he moved the projects into my queue and took off early as most good Catholics do on Good Friday. Mr. I had logged off the network by the time I started on Friday thanks to the eight hour time difference between Denver and his city across the pond. I’m guessing thou shall not dump your work projects on a peer at the last minute is not covered by the Ten Commandments.

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Beep Beep Beep

It’s only nine on Saturday morning. I was awakened a little after seven by the beeping sound of a truck in reverse. The house across the street was getting a delivery of smaller boulders to compliment the one ton boulders that were dropped off a week or so ago. The house to south is now getting a concrete delivery. From the family room windows I can see the top of a massive crane hoisting roof trusses onto the house under construction one street to the west. One would think I live in a new housing development instead of an established city neighborhood.

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Three In A Row

Kate McGuinness opened a monotype show at Valkarie Gallery in Belmar last week. Jean Smith is opening a show of new clay works tonight at Zip 37 over on Navajo Street. Madeleine Dodge is opening a show of new paintings next week at Spark Gallery on Santa Fe. Three of my favorite local artist working in three different mediums with back to back openings over three weeks. It’s not hard to guess what I’ll be doing tonight and next Friday.

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The Queer Seder

I’m going the Queer Seder tonight with Double A at his synagogue. This is only my second Seder. I asked Mike if he wanted to go but he acted like I asked him to saw off his arm with a rusty knife. I’m guessing he doesn’t want to flaunt his gayness at the temple for fear of losing a car sale. I think it will be an interesting evening.

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Amazing Incompetence

My manager informed me on Friday that he overbooked me with work for the next production cycle. He asked me to write up an action plan to resolve the issue he created. Really? An action plan? I was inclined to start the plan with the suggestion that he go back to school for a refresher course in mathematics but I restrained myself. I sent him an action plan on Monday afternoon that included a list of project to be transition to another analyst. He acknowledge receipt of the list on Tuesday. I’ve been under the gun to finish a project so I didn’t look at my work queue until this morning. All of the projects I listed for transition are still in my queue along with three additional projects that my work manager assigned yesterday. This is just one example of this man’s amazing incompetence.

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Time For Art

It’s Friday so it’s time for art. I’m headed to the Valkaire Gallery tonight for Kate McGuinness’ artist reception. Kate’s show opened on Wednesday. I saw a preview of her new works at her studio a few weeks ago. Her new color palate is quite amazing. Stop by and see the show if you’re in the Belmar area.

Tomorrow I’m meeting up with Fritz and a few his friends for the Doors Open Denver architectural tour. It’s looking like a fun weekend ahead.

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It Never Ends

The house in the neighborhood that has been under construction for three years is now a spec house. It seems the wife decided she didn’t want to live on the corner of a periodically busy street. The couple are planning on selling the house. The couple have already started construction on another house in Cherry Hills Village. It sucks that the neighbors have lived for three years with this construction site that has an eight foot chain-link fence and flood lights that make it look like a Supermax prison at night.

In other neighborhood news, the house across the street is undergoing an intense four week renovation. A fleet of trucks arrive every day. It looks like one of those renovations on an HGTV show. Last Saturday a local landscape supply company delivered fifteen one-ton boulders. They are scattered around the perimeter of the property waiting for the softscape to arrive. I’m hoping the plantings soften the look of the boulders which currently look out place on the flat lawn.

It’s good to see people investing in their properties but I’m tired of all the construction noise and trucks that have become a part of daily life. Is progress always good?

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