A Rock Feels No Pain

In despero , obscurum ; In Diligo , Lux lucis. (In despair, darkness; In Love, Light). -Me


Sacramento, wasn’t. At least as far as work was concerned, the Sacramento site is actually at the old Mather Air Force Base, which has been converted to civil use. Which is fine, and good, and all that- but it means we stayed in a nothing hotel, in a suburb that could have been just about anywhere at all, called Rancho Cordova. Humph.

What this meant, is that after working from 645 to 700 each day, then dinner, we didn’t get into Sacramento proper at all. We’d planned on trying to go Thursday night, but that didn’t happen either- ‘cuz that night, we worked until about 930, then dinner, and fell into bed; and since the closing meeting was at 630 this morning, no one had the inclination to head in last night.

But, I cheated. Because of the way the flights worked out, my airplane didn’t leave until 115 pm, Pacific time. So, after the meeting this morning, I dropped three of my partners off at the airport, and drove into Sacramento myself. As it turned out, this was a great thing- I didn’t have to worry about holding anyone else up, nor did I have to hurry for a photo opportunity, etc.

I have a load of photos, which I’ll be putting on flickr, but I really loved a couple of them, that I took at the old lift bridge. That was great, because it happened that while I was wandering, a boat was passing; and while I was taking photos, I met the contractor that was responsible for the renovations and sidewalk widening that had been ongoing.

That was excellent, because he called me his “guest”, and let me cross over the barriers and gates while the bridge was in operation, past all the red flashing lights, etc, etc, to take a few photos. Not a bad person to run into, huh? The rest of my wandering was down in “Old Sacramento”, which is an area that’s pretty much maintained as it would have been long ago- but, it’s not quite all museum, so it’s more fun, because the shops are mingled with professional offices, lawyers and architects, accountants and tattoo parlors, ice cream and railroad museum are all in proximity.

It was fun, and I’m glad I didn’t go at night, because everything appeared to close at about 700. Even though I was earlier than many shops were open, it was better light too.

Here’s one of my favorites, click-through to see the rest of them on Flickr.

Originally uploaded by sailordlv.


Filed under: bridge, photos, Sacramento, train, travel, work

Meandering again

Today was my first day in a new position, and I think it went well. My new manager is a nice guy, very laid back and casual, which I love. I hate getting the boss that doesn’t grasp that not only are we all on salary, we’re also all owners and partners in the business. In other words, it’s to all of our advantage to make sure the work is performed efficiently and well, and correctly done the first time. This one actually said, flat out, that once I’ve shown that I know the ropes, he’s not going to be looking over my shoulder- work on my schedule, travel permitting, and get the job done, other than that he doesn’t much care when I come in, when I go to lunch, etc.

I’ve been lucky the last few bosses, that way, and I’m sure glad this one feels that way too- I guess after twenty-plus years with this company, I’ve shown that I’ll do what is expected of me!

Lynn and the kids are home now, which has filled the house with noise, and “stuff”. We got the car unloaded within a couple hours of their arrival, but a lot of it is still piled in the living room while it gets sorted and put away. Add to that, we’re in the middle of a three-way room exchange, and we have junk all over the place.

The advantage to this, of course, is that there’s noise and activity and life around, and I’m not likely to get depressed- the black thing will be really wise to stay away from here, with all the family home it’s likely to get hit in the rough-housing if it dares to stick a nose near me!

My niece might get to come and visit in a couple of weeks too, while my sister takes my nephew to school, and that’s always fun. She’s a great kid, the only bad part is that I’ll be working when she’s here, and so wont get to play with her until evening. Oh well, we’ll find time to do something fun, I’m sure.

Is this the silliest post ever? I think so, but wanted to write something, so you get a list of not-much-of-anything, because I can- and seeing that it’s my blog, oh well. Don’t read further if you don’t want to know too much about nothing!

Filed under: family, meanderings, work

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