Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Room With A View

Tomorrow when I go to work, I will be in a different spot. Same job, same building, but just a different spot. One reason I’m kinda excited about it is it will be the first time in about a dozen years that I will have a window to the outside.

No more prairie dogging in the cube farm, at least for the time being. I can see it rain, I can see the sun shining, I can maybe even hear a bird chirping. Well the latter is doubtful since I can’t OPEN the window. But just seeing outside will be a step up.

Of course, my job and my work is priority number one. But when my eyes need a rest from staring at numbers on a computer screen, I can gaze upon natural light for a change.

Since I haven’t had that many different jobs, I can almost count the number of work spaces I’ve occupied over the years. Mmmmmmmm, I count eleven, NOT counting temporary or summer jobs. That includes a newsroom that overlooked a street in downtown Alpena, a converted coat closet where I composed letters on a Mag Card Typewriter (the forerunner to an actual word processor), and now this, an exterior-facing office that I will be sharing with one of my colleagues.

I just hope the movers don’t forget my chair. When you spent as much time sitting as I do during the day, having the right chair is just as important as the view.

Anyway, my blogging buddy Technobabe tagged me with an assignment to list seven things about me that aren’t generally known. I think I may have done this before, but it’s been a while so here goes . . .

1. There’s a concertina stored in my garage but I don’t know how to play it.
2. Don’t have a cell phone and I have no plans to get one.
3. I watched Mysterious Island with Lionel Barrymore this week, a mostly silent horror film included in the encyclopedic Horrors, from Screen To Scream by Ed Naha, published in 1975. I have watched about 290 films listed in that book and put a star next to those movies I’ve seen.
4. I once read a short story I composed about a talking Christmas tree for a junior high school holiday assembly.
5. I nearly got a D in algebra in high school. Math has never been something that comes easy to me, yet my job involves working with numbers. Go figure.
6. The founder of Wikipedia tried to track me down on the internet once at the request of a college newspaper editor after I made some controversial comments in his on-line forum. Nothing bad though.
7. I’ve made 36 contributions to TripAdvisor.com, mostly hotel ratings.

Since I know that most of my blogging buddies here have done similar lists, I won’t bother tagging anybody else. But go for it if you want to.


Blogger Lynilu said...

I can think of only one time I worked in an office without a window. I was there for about 2 years, but ti wasn't a true problem because I spent less than a couple hours a day there. My real work was in the homes of clients.

Re: your #5 - a teacher I had for Algebra in junior high almost did me in. He gave after class support to those he wanted and I wasn't in that group. I ran into a speed bump and thereafter barely scraped through that class. After that, I hated math classes. Yet I spent the first 25 years of my workforce years doing bookkeeping. As you said, go figure.

BTW, Dave, you commented on "indestructible dog toys," and I said I would tell you if they worked. They have! At PetSmart I bought several pliable, but tough rubber "barbells" that have held up. I'm not positive of the brand, but I think they were the same as a toy shaped like a badminton birdie called "iSqueak," and some "mesh" balls by a company called JW Pet Company. It is a medium, although my dogs are small, all under 20#. They haven't chewed any of these toys up! Have your son check here to see their products: http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1271822704/ref=sr_pg_2?ie=UTF8&keywords=jw%20pet&bbn=1055398&rh=n%3A1055398%2Cn%3A!1063498%2Ck%3Ajw%20pet&page=2

9:08 PM  
Blogger TechnoBabe said...

Hi Dave, glad you played the tag game, it is fun to learn more about out blog friends. When I moved in an office I always taped my name to my chair back so the chair would end up in the new area with my other stuff. I know what you mean about a sturdy and comfortable chair when you are at a computer so many hours. Your #2 is like my feelings for TV. I have a cell phone but not a home land line. Just the cell phone. I can see why you have #7, it seems like you two travel often. Good post. Thanks.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

No cell phone???? I don't text and I have no idea what all my phone does, but I need that cell phone. free long distance-use it for stories.

I'm awful at math too. I had to marry a guy who could do it and do anything technical-I'm awful at it.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us not forget that you are a consistant loser at the family fantasy football league.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LYNILU--Thanks for the tip on dog toys. I'll pass that along. By the way, I see states are putting pressure on Amazon to give up their sales information so people shopping there can be checked to see if they paid taxes on their purchases. Doesn't seem right somehow.

TECHNOBABE--The move went fine and my chair ended up in the right spot. Yippee. But now I need a vacation because of all the stress. Where can I go now?

CARINE--If your husband can figure out the remote control on the TV, that's better than I can do. I try to pawn that duty off on the missus.

ANONYMOUS--Sounds like you haven't seen my family fantasy football league trophy then.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

I think it's very important to be able to have a glimpse of the world outside when working...it clears the brain!

4:25 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LEE--It's pretty outisde my window as I'm looking right now. A few bright white clouds are drifting across as if they were strands of angel hair floating down a stream.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Dave ~Congrats on your window. It is good to be able to see out into the real world. Hope your chair went with you. I hope your retardment can begin in a couple of years - it is a good time of life.
I am waiting to hear the specialists advice about an operation and will be guided by him
New Zealanders are called Kiwis after a small Kiwi Bird that lives there. We have a fair amount who come to live and work in Australia
They are OK folks but talk a bit differently to us. Take care,
my friend. Regards, Merle.

5:11 AM  
Anonymous Enforcer said...

I like the view from my office!!

5:44 PM  

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