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May 3rd, 2003

on the weekend thus far

Some nice boys from Theta Chi came by on their community service drive offering to do free yardwork. I had them rake leaves out of the flower garden space next to the driveway. They did a good job and I was thankful. It's weird, it seems like I should be paying them, or tipping them, or something. But they even refused water. Maybe it's a pledge hazing thing, I dunno.

Ajay had another doggy play group with Murphy. While that was going on, Lisa and Nathan and I ate, bought booze, and watched a movie. Repo Man... one of my favorites that neither of them had seen. But halfway through, Nathan's headache got so bad he retired to bed amid many unnecessary apologies. And with Lisa still in major back pain, I started thinking, wow, what a broken couple of people. After the movie Lisa and I had a really intense discussion about my work situation, her work situation, jobs in general, and what might be done about it.

Tomorrow is a wedding in Chicago... someone I know and like, but don't know super-well. But there'll be people there I know, so it should be fun.

I'm on call this week but so far not much has demanded my attention. Let's hope it stays that way.

All in all, I'm glad it's the weekend. Friday was a very poor end to an already-stressy work week: I had to preside over a middle manager's meeting in which I think morale and crankiness was worse than anything I have ever seen (and for very good reasons too--now I have to try to communicate this message of how beat-down everyone is back up the management chain). A certain employee of mine managed to lock all of us out of most of our edge switches (they're all still functioning fine but will take a trip with a laptop to each one to go through the password recovery procedure). And I tired myself out running around with five very heavy copies of Kate's dissertation, delivering them to various faculty mailboxes on campus (this was a labor of love, but it was still more walking and carrying than I'm used to). Oh and I had my yearly employee review from my division director. She's never done one for me before and I'm still trying to figure out what I thought of the whole ordeal.

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