Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Bad Vibes

I’ve always been a nervous person who thinks something is going to go wrong. I work myself up to the point where I honestly think my bad vibes actually cause things to go wrong. Take my computer for example. My wife or kids can turn the computer on and everything starts up just fine. Me, when I press the power button, thoughts shoot through my head like… it’s going to lock-up, the blue screen is going to come up again, the disk is going to have errors…. And you know what? Something bad usually happens.

I have problems with my motor vehicles as well. Twice now I think I willed my car to have problems. My wife told me that she needed to add oil to her van because it was low. I instantly started thinking that my car needed oil. Wouldn’t you know it, the next time I started my car, the LOW OIL light came on… What’s with that?

Then, on Christmas as we were coming home from our holiday visits the Low Coolant light came on in my wife’s van. That thought was running though my head the next day as I was pulling my car our of the garage and I noticed a couple of drops on the floor. I open the hood and find that I have a coolant leak…. That sucked…

Now it’s my motorcycle…. Drops of oil have been noticed around the Final Drive. (It’s a shaft drive bike) I’ve changed the oil, made sure that level was OK and now, after a few weeks, I see oil drops again. I’m now worried about my coolant and tires… let’s see how long it takes to have those things go wrong.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Get it done!

Oh how I hate it when people don’t keep commitments or even bother to tell you that they won’t be doing something. I have problems with this in my personal life and my work life.

I’m sure you have probably been in this situation… you talk to someone about a project or a task and all indications are that that person intends to follow though and do what they have indicated they will do… Then a couple weeks later you realize the task hasn’t been done and when you bring this up with the person who has failed to follow through with their commitment you get a blank stare, or worse a statement like… I didn’t mean I was going to do it now… or… something else came up and I decided not to do the thing we were talking about.

Maybe the problem all comes back to me. Maybe I’m not specific enough, or feel like I’m hounding the person if I make them tell me exactly what they are going to do and exactly when they will have it done. I tried this once with my wife and learned not to do that again. (at least with my family)

This latest situation is work related. I need information to continue with a project, but for the last month, the people that I need to get this information from have been totally ignoring my requests. Now my boss is saying “get it done”. I can’t, I don’t have the data.

My guess is that there are some political things going on and the reason I will eventually hear as to why I didn’t get anything for the last month is because other high priority things came up… That’s fine, just tell me!

Friday, May 21, 2004

Rain Rain go away...

Where is all of this rain coming from? It seems like every time I look at the weather station, the forecast is for rain. Rain is good... but not all the time. I've got stuff I need to do outside and doing those things in the rain is NO FUN.

Last night I cut the grass. I actually had to push the mower thru water that was a couple of inches deep in some areas. The grass needed to be cut because of the forecast for rain throughout the remainder of the week. I couldn’t wait for my son to do it because he was at work… and any ways, I really need the exercise.

I have a problem with some of my gutters and downspouts. The gutter in the far back of the house seems to get clogged and water pours over. The dirt in the back of my house is washing away. I ended up buying a 32’ ladder so that I could get to that gutter to clean it out. The problem now is that the ladder is too heavy to easily move around. I’m so glad I have a wife that is willing to help me no matter how much I swear.

I really hope this weather clears up… I got the Soup Run coming up on June 5th and rain would be no good…

Stay dry!

Soup’s on!

Why a Blog?

This Blogging thing seems to be a very interesting way to let the world know who I am and what makes me tick. I found a reference to this service while reading my PDA news and thought I would give it a try.

Hopefully I can share with you some of my thoughts, some good recipes and possibly a little humor...

Soup's on!