School Work Avoidance

I should be reading and completing a quick assignment for one of my classes, and instead, I’ve been surfing Facebook and playing chess. But, that’s enough of that, time to get to work.

Me, not you.


Update: Okay, okay. I successfully avoided school work avoidance. My assignment due Friday night at 5 to midnight has been completed and turned in. Now get off my back about it. And get off my lawn!


Man, I am exhausted. I have the energy of a snail. The urge to go home and climb into my bed is damn near overwhelming. On top of that, my sinuses are once again infected. And me between insurance plans. Sigh.

Wasted Time

I spent six hours correcting charts at my old job. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever done. Most of it was simple errors. None of it had anything to do with client care and everything to do with insurance payments. And I didn’t get paid for my time.

Why, then, did I do it? They threatened to report me to the board if I didn’t. The guy who called me to talk to me about returning to fix the charts left the threat on a voice mail. It pissed me off, that’s for sure. Not to mention after 28 years in the Chemical Dependency field, this is the first time I was asked to return and make corrections in charting. I think they can’t afford to make a report about charting mistakes. The problem wasn’t me; it was their lack of a quality control process. And to their inadequate training. 

Anyway, I hope I am done with them. When I did the exit interview with their HR department, I said I’d recommend people work for them. After this experience, I am changing my mind about that. You know the people I worked with were great. Friendly, helpful, and funny as all hell. But the office manager was a scold, uptight, and moody. Thank God I didn’t have to deal with her today. The assistant office manager was the one I dealt with, and she runs the support staff anyway.

But it’s clear the leadership is a collection of Peter Principle poster children. They have all risen to the level of their incompetence. And now the impact of this state is raining down on the direct line staff. It hasn’t reached the point of harming clients, but it is keeping the staff from achieving the best outcomes.

Infinity War

I’ve watched the Hulk/Thanos fight several times and it just seems there is something wrong with the Hulk. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just seems as if the Hulk is not his Hulking self. That he won’t come out later in the movie indicates there is something wrong. But I don’t think it has anything to do with being beaten by Thanos. It’s something going back a little farther.

Nor do I buy into the speculation that Loki is actually pretending to be Bruce Banner/Hulk. How, exactly, would that not be noticed by Dr. Strange – Master of the Mystic Arts? In “Thor – Ragnarok” Dr. Strange is able to sense Loki’s presence on Earth without even being in his presence. You think he’s not going to sense him from at less than 5 feet away? Exactly.

Anyway, I think the problem is that Bruce is no longer “always angry.” The Hulk will only come out when Bruce is angry. So my guess is that when Bruce finally gets angry again, Hulk comes out a hell of a lot more powerful than when he first took on Thanos.

Of course, like all the other posts on the internet about this subject, this is all just speculation. And I’m pretty sure I’m wrong. But, you know, what the hell. It’s just speculation. And it would be foolish not to speculate.

The Day After

Yeah, yesterday’s runs and walks kicked my ass. I foolishly pushed myself farther in the first run than I should have. As a result, I was exceedingly wiped out. I ended up taking over an hour nap. I also slept hard last night, dreaming for the first time in a long time. Or perhaps I should say, I remember my dream for the first time in a long time. Not that my dreams make any sense. Time and place are always fungible and hazy.

In this case I managed to get a job working for the White House. I couldn’t tell you what the hell I did. I seemed to be liked by the higher-ups, and when it was time for a new administration to come in, I was assured  I would still have a job. Yet I was hesitant to accept re-employment. Eventually, after talking to Tina, I decided to keep stay with the job. That’s when things got difficult. I couldn’t connect with the head woman who did the hiring, and who wanted me to stay in the first place. She kept going from one function to another.

Anyway, I finally woke up because Smokey decided it was time to play with the lampshade. So I am up, having given the spoiled felines their morning treat, set-up the coffee pots (Tina and I like different strengths of coffee), and am now typing away on this post. Well, for those of you reading it I am sure I am way past the point of typing. See, time if fungible. 

Today’s Workout

Today’s workout consisted of two runs and two walks. For some reason, the last walk did not create a map or a table of states. 

First Run:

First Walk:

Second Run:

Second Walk, at which time Tina rescued me.

It Was A Dark And…..

Stalwart Cup Weathered the Storm

Yeah, yeah, yeah. A thunderstorm moved in at 2:00 AM. There was wind; there was rain; there was a whole lot of lightning. It was very, very frightful. Somehow, this cup managed to stay on the deck table.

And Then The Bicycle

Actually, went on the Munger Trail to take pictures for a class project. Anyway, stats:

Biking the northern most end of the Munger Trail

These are not in anyway shape or form close to records. It’s been years since I’ve done any serious biking. I have to admit it was pleasant. I might have to switch between running and biking.

Pictures might follow later. Right now I’m going to work on my class assignment.

Best Run for 2018!

1.0 mi09:42 min/mi72 ft
2.0 mi09:36 min/mi16 ft49 ft
3.0 mi09:23 min/mi23 ft56 ft
3.15 mi09:37 min/mi20 ft
Fastest 3 mi
Fastest 5k
09:34 min/mi
Fastest Average Pace

Chess Plugin

It’s nothing fancy. But at least the chess board and moves fit into the post area. Hopefully, the board will be improved down the line.

[pgn] [Event “165th GK tournament”]
[Site “”]
[Date “2018.09.07”]
[Round “-“]
[White “cdrook”]
[Black “alan10”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “1322”]
[BlackElo “1170”]
[TimeControl “1/172800”]
[Mode “ICS”]
[Termination “normal”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. gxf3 h6 6. d5 a5 7. Bb5+ c6
8. dxc6 bxc6 9. Ba4 Na6 10. Bxc6+ Ke7 11. Be3 Nf6 12. Nc3 Rb8 13. Na4 g5
14. Qd3 Nc7 15. O-O-O Nh7 16. Ba7 Rb4 17. h4 Bg7 18. a3 Rxa4 19. Bxa4 Kf8
20. Bc5 Bf6 21. Bxd6+ Be7 22. Bxe7+ Qxe7 23. hxg5 Nxg5 24. Qb3 Kg7 25. Rd7 h5
26. Rxe7 Nce6 27. Rg1 Kf6 28. Qb7 Rh7 29. Bb3 Nxf3 30. Rg8 h4 31. Bxe6 Rh5
32. Rxf7+ Kxe6 33. Qd7# 1-0

And yes, I won this game.