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I’m off to Dallas in the morning. I go there every three months. This time I have some extra stuff to do. Different stuff. The good part is that my Dad is following me up there. We both work for the same company. Our employers and company headquarters are in LA. There other branches (mostly in California) but the Houston branch is run by me and my Dad. Just us. Pretty cool, huh? I think it’s fun when we both make work trips together like this. In the fifteen years we’ve been doing this we have usually shared a room with two beds. Lately, I’ve been inisting on my own room because it takes him about three hours to get ready for bed. This time I think we’ll be stuck in the same room because the hotel is at 100%. No rooms. We don’t know where we’re staying yet. That’s okay though. When we share a room we have a good time after dinner sitting around in our underwear talking about funny shit or interesting things. It’s such guy time. I appreciate this now but think about it: Years from now I’m going to be so glad that we spent this kind of time together.

Gabby is an aquarium freak. For almost as long as I can remember she has had tanks full of fish which she tends to almost constantly. It’s one of her passions. As long as I don’t have to take care of them, which I don’t, I really love having them in here. I love the way they light up a room and I love the way they sound (one is right outside my bedroom door). Saturday, we brought home another one. It’s no little 20 gallon gurgler though. This monster is four feet long, 18 inches wide and 22 inches deep! It sits on a wooden cabinet with doors. I couldn’t afford anything like this. It was given to us by Gabby’s best friend’s uncle. This thing is so huge that I could get inside of it. Once the turtles move in and it gets further stocked this place is going to look like a chinese restaraunt. It’s heavy too. the glass is about 3/8″ thick. It was a bitch to get in and out of my truck and into my apartment. Next was the cabinet. When we braced to lift it I was thinking about the weight of the tank and nearly threw the cabinet clean over our heads. It looked heavier than it was. The guy we got it from said the aquarium was a 150 gallon tank. So, so wrong. I wish it was but it’s just not so. The measurements 48″ x 22″ x 18″ = 19,008 (cubic inches). 19,008 x .00433 = 82.3064 (gallons). If I did that right it’s considered an 80 gallon tank. If I’m wrong, I’m deleting this when I get back to Houston. See you then.

These damned cycles

Posted: September 20, 2007 in travel, work

My job is like a manic-depressive girlfriend. For months, nothing will be happening out of the ordinary. It’s slow, repetitive and not much fun to be around. Then suddenly it’s exciting and fun but a little too much to handle at one time. It’s now on the upswing again. Things don’t happen in “threes” in my life. They come up in “fives”, “sixes” or more at a time and then I’m scrambling to get everything taken care of. I wish it was more balanced.

Here is the mess this time:


I have my existing accounts to take care of this month.
I have three installs that will take at least three days to complete here in Houston.
I have another install here in Houston that will take a full day.
I am going to Jacksonville, Florida in October for a week to install.
I will be going to New Jersey again in October to tear up what I already installed in order to install another piece of equipment (Three days minimum).
I am in need of some dental work that just can’t be fit in.
When I get back from New jersey I have an over-nighter in Dallas.
Then I go to Port Isabel, Texas (South Padre) for a two or three day install.
I have to find a way of taking care of our existing accounts here in Houston before October runs out.

What frustrates me the most is that a lot of this overlaps. I’ll just leave it up to them to find some way for me to be in two different places at the same time.

With all that taken care of (however the hell that happens) I will then get to the dentist to take care of the pain in my jaw which is the reason I have not been around much lately.