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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from December 2004.

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Friday, December 31, 2004

I'm legit!

I just got my ID Card for the building. I feel like I belong now! (I know... it's trivial... I'm just looking forward to anything to enlighten my day...)

posted at 10:56 AM | Link | Work |
A wonderful day to end the year

Went to work this morning in sunny, 55 degree weather. Big deal? Hey, this is Chicago, babe, and it's New Year's Eve.

I feel great with this change in weather. I guess I'm truly not a Winter person.

Of course, in the first sentence, I've tipped you off to something else - it's New Year's Eve and I'm working. It's not a company holiday, but everyone is taking it as one of their multiple floater holidays that they get each year. The parking lot is emptier than the day before Christmas Eve last week. This day is going to last forever...

posted at 08:27 AM | Link | Mundane |

Thursday, December 30, 2004


Just a short entry to let you know that I am remembering you.

posted at 05:32 PM | Link | Family | 1 comment |
The Socialization of Bunnies

Indy and Chip nuzzling Chip grooming Indy Chip eating some broccoli downstairs in the bunny condo
Carol and I are in the middle of a dastardly experiment - one that tests the courage of us and our charges.

Yes. We have started down the road of socializing our two bunnies, Indy and Chip.

Quick recap for those readers that don't know - Indy is a female black and white Dutch bunny a little over 7 years old and is our third rabbit that we've had over the last 20-or-so. Chip is a male black and white Dutch bunny that we just acquired back in August. He's about 6 months old. Both rabbits are spayed/neutered (thank God!)

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posted at 02:37 PM | Link | Bunnies |
Carol's soap

Carol hasn't been sleeping well this week because she says her legs are twitchy and it feels like she can't stretch her leg to her satisfaction at night.

She did the soap thing last night.

Yep, it worked. I've been doing it now for over a month. Works for me.

Can't figure out why the hell this works. Gotta be a placebo...

posted at 07:39 AM | Link | Odd | 1 comment |

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Even warmer

Yes, I'm delighted (and bored enough) to write about the weather. Yes it's warmer. It's almost 40 outside, and it's supposed to be in the 50's tomorrow and 40's the rest of the week and weekend.

Nice way to start 2005.

posted at 02:52 PM | Link | Mundane |

Tuesday, December 28, 2004


After another day of dragging at work (I need some "big picture" views of what I'm supposed to be doing and there's no one around to help), I walked out of the building at it was warm. OK, not warm, but sure not the cold that we've been having. It's in the low 30's and it feels good.

It could stay this way for another 3 months and I'll be happy.

posted at 04:46 PM | Link | Mundane |

Monday, December 27, 2004



I've always heard about tsunamis. I remember going to Hawaii back in 1975 and there was information on what to do in case of a tsunami in the phone book.

This earthquake (now listed as 9.0!) really let go a pretty good tsunami. I guess if you were on the beach, you would know that something really bad was about to take place when the ocean recedes 200 yards away from you. The death toll just keeps climbing - I've heard 24,000 33,000 46,000 80,000 116,000

The big deal in Chicago is that Oprah's great designer - Nate Berkus - was actually sleeping in beachfront cottage at Arugam Bay on Sri Lanka's eastern coast (earlier he was handing out backpacks to needy children) along with a friend (photographer Fernando Bengoechea) when the tsunami hit and they were swept out to sea. Bengoechea is still missing - Nate somehow survived after being dragged out into deep water with cars, refrigerators and bodies. They tried to cling to a telephone pole, but a second wave tore them loose. Berkus said he saved himself by clambering onto the roof of a home. He doesn't have anything left with him - he lost is passport and all his personal stuff, though he had a cell phone which has since died. Nate had said that he spent the night with about 50 other survivors in a field. "I'm sitting here with nothing no passport, no money, no anything, in shorts that somebody gave me." There are reports that no one has heard from Nate in quite a while.

The earthquake was so massive that it actually caused the planet to wobble ever so slightly. There are unconfirmed reports that the earth is now spinning 1/10,000 of a second faster per year because of this one earthquake. Richard Gross, a geophysicist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, theorized that a shift of mass toward the Earth's center during the quake Sunday caused the planet to spin 3 microseconds, or one millionth of a second, faster a day and to tilt about an inch on its axis.

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posted at 08:17 PM | Link | Mundane |
Back to work?

Oh, God... My boss isn't here again and neither is most of the staff.

I'm not feeling productive at all whatsoever. On top of that, no one is here to sign my timesheet...

Oh, I hate days like this...

posted at 11:13 AM | Link | Work |

Sunday, December 26, 2004


A hawk on a neighbor's lawn... after capturing something
I was out-and-about going to Best Buy looking for a 14" TV for my "computer room/den". I was driving through the neighborhood when I saw something on a neighbor's lawn. I thought I was seeing things, so I pulled over and got out of my car and walked over. This probably wasn't very smart, but I walked over to A HAWK that was standing on this guys lawn. He wasn't moving - he was obviously standing on something he caught. There were feathers everywhere. And you know that these digital cameras have crappy zooms on them, so I had to get closer for a better shot... Hell, I was about 4 feet away when I took that shot above. I've got this feeling that moving that close wasn't too smart, but the bird never moved a bit (other than blink his eye), and I wanted the shot...

posted at 02:05 PM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, December 25, 2004


Hey! Where is everybody? Mom's tree Mom's Nativity under the tree Mom's house at night The Feliz Navidad house on Addison

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posted at 08:04 PM | Link | Mundane |
Merry Christmas!

Very groggy... need more sleep but can't.... got to go to mom's house...

Anyway, Merry Christmas to all who visit my humble little web site!

posted at 07:24 AM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment |

Friday, December 24, 2004

Christmas Eve

Talking around the dining room table (a little dark, eh?) Diane's tree

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posted at 11:39 PM | Link | Mundane |
Cold start

That's Indy in Chip's cage below and Chip in Indy's cage above Indy (left) and Chip (right) together, on the floor, looking for some petting from Dad
Woke up to -1 temperatures. At least the wind is pretty calm, but the house is trying to keep warm.

Both of our rabbits - Indy and Chip - are out running around - together. Well, not exactly together, but they are out at the same time and they're learning to be out together. Right now, they're both demanding attention from me, forcing me to pet them both at the same time. This is something new for all of us to learn.

Chip seems to be hanging out in Indy's cage while she's out. There was a time this morning when Chip was in Indy's cage and Indy was in Chip's cage, both eating the other's breakfast.

Not a bad start to Christmas Eve.

posted at 09:19 AM | Link | Bunnies |

Thursday, December 23, 2004

I'm outta here

I'm "at the office" (it's sooo nice being able to say that). I can barely hear anybody on the floor. I have a an inside cubicle. The only windows are available to the outside offices that ring the floor. Fortunately, the office across from my cube has been empty for as long as I've been here. My guess is that I'll see the guy sometime next year.

Anyway, I wander into his office to look out the window. There's a handful of cars out there.

Nobody is here. My boss - who was on vacation all week and yet was in the office every single day - left a few hours ago. Time to wrap-up and get out of here.

I've been feeling really productive lately. I've got my Notes ID, my intranet access. I've been heavily manipulating and restructuring a critical spreadsheet since yesterday, keeping me busy., And you know how fast the day passes when you're busy.

Yeah, that's it. Wrap it up and get outta here...

posted at 03:16 PM | Link | Work |

Wednesday, December 22, 2004


The new seats being installed at U.S. Cellular Field
I've got an early Christmas present! It's something I've wanted for years. I thought I would never get it, because it costs an awful lot of money and the person in charge doesn't like to spend the money.

I've always wanted a green Comiskey Park. Since it opened in 1991, I've HATED those damn blue seats. It's just another thing that made the place... uninviting for baseball. Now, slowly, over the past couple of years I've seen it - the slow change. When the scoreboard was rebuilt, the facing was changed from blue to green. Some signage around the park changed from blue to green. The padding on the walls around the field changed from blue to green.

And now, they've started replacing over 40,000 seats! YESSSS!!!!! No more swimming pool blue - we'll be sitting on forest green seats, like a real ball park of old.

Unfortunately, they're being phased-in, with the lower deck (where we sit) being last.

But at least it's being done!

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posted at 09:45 PM | Link | White Sox |

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Did the soap fail?

The ongoing saga of soap under the sheet continues...

I realized last night that I was tossing and turning a bit. Why? Because my legs were twitching! This was the specific reason why I tried this soap under the sheet "remedy". Nuts. It seems to have finally failed...

... until I woke up the next morning and found the bar of soap on the floor. It had slipped-out from underneath the bed sheet during the night.

So, so far, this "remedy" seems to be working and have have no idea why. I can't figure out any scientific principle that would make this work - unless it's just a placebo effect.

posted at 09:51 AM | Link | Odd |

Well, it's here - astronomical Winter. The Winter Solstace. Things will be cold for months ahead.


the days are getting longer as of tomorrow!!!! Whooo Hoooo!!!!

posted at 06:42 AM | Link | Mundane |

Monday, December 20, 2004

Getting closer...

I'm starting to feel connected at work... sort of. I got my Notes ID today and got Notes up and running - only to find out that I have to use a different ID since I'm a contractor and now I have to wait for that one.


Hey - did I mention that my brand new work laptop has a DVD/CD-RW combo drive?

posted at 04:00 PM | Link | Work | 1 comment |

Sunday, December 19, 2004


One of the densest per-square-foot decorations I've seen
I keep seeing this house every week when we drive to my mom's house on Sunday nights. (It's on Nagle, on the west side of the street, I think it's between Foster & Gunnison).

Every year it looks like this. All the houses around it look the same - a typical one story Chicago bungalow. Of course, this house is the exception as almost the entire block is devoid of any Christmas decorations. I think they're trying to make up for all of the blank houses, trying to keep the mean average lights-or-statue-per-house at high enough levels. I finally had to stop and take pictures of the place.

Oh, and this is, of course, just the Christmas decorations. I'll have to remember to get pictures of Easter and Halloween.

posted at 10:15 PM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Christmas Dinner

Lake effect snow on the way home
We went to B&B's house tonight for our annual Christmas Dinner. Unfortunately, Debbie is still slaving-away at Field's at Water Tower and just couldn't get away to join us. She was missed.

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posted at 11:43 PM | Link | Friends |
Indy - Day 8

An update on Indy the Bunny:

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posted at 09:19 AM | Link | Bunnies |

3 Year Blogiversary!

I started "My Mundane Mid-Life" three years ago today, and I'm still trying to write something every day. Boy has it been difficult. I think it's just the way I'm managing the blog righht now - which is to say I'm not doing a good management job. Days would go by and I wouldn't publish a thing. I'd still write the entries, but I just wouldn't publish them. I've got to get out of that trap.

I'm writing for me - I'm not relying on anybody out there being interested in things that I am interested in and trying to satisfy those readers. The only reader I'm trying to satisfy is myself. If anybody stmbles by here and enjoys the website, than that's just all gravy...

Thank you all for visiting. I truly appreciate you taking your time to do that. Make yourselves known every once in a while be leaving a comment or two and signing the appropriate GuestMap. Please stop-by again!

posted at 06:34 AM | Link | Blogging | 1 comment |

Friday, December 17, 2004

Indy - Day 7

An update on Indy the Bunny:

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posted at 02:31 PM | Link | Bunnies |

Well, I finally got my laptop at work. Do I have an ID? No. So, I'm logging-in locally so at least I'll get internet connectivity and feel connected with the world again. I've got access to a printer, which is also a plus. And this IBM ThinkPad T41 is pretty sweet, too - Pentium M with built-in 802.11g and Bluetooth.

All I need now is my intranet password and my Notes ID and I'll feel even more productive...

posted at 11:03 AM | Link | Work | 1 comment |

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Indy - Day 6

An update on Indy the Bunny:

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posted at 09:52 PM | Link | Bunnies |

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Indy - Day 5

An update on Indy the Bunny:

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posted at 05:33 PM | Link | Bunnies | 1 comment |
Back to work

Less than a week after my last gig, I am back to work.

I have a cubicle. I have a phone. I have a brand new IBM ThinkPad Laptop. I don't have a badge to get into the building or even onto my floor, but it's in the works. Ditto with my intranet and Notes ID's.

Now, I can't exactly tell you what I'm doing because I don't know what that is exactly yet.

The one thing I do know: it's a one year contract.

I'll have to fill you in on this sometime. Give me some time to figure it out.

posted at 09:25 AM | Link | Work |

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Indy - Day 4

An update on Indy the Bunny:

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posted at 08:01 AM | Link | Bunnies |

Monday, December 13, 2004

Indy - Day 3

An update on Indy the Bunny:

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posted at 09:44 AM | Link | Bunnies |

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Indy - Day 2

An update on Indy the Bunny:

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posted at 04:13 PM | Link | Bunnies |

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Animal 911

Animal 911 in Skokie Nevis the Cat watching the fish in the tank at Animal 911 Indy the Bunny - in pain and not knowing what to do
We've spent all afternoon at an emergency veterinary clinic in Skokie - Animal 911.

Why? It was Indy. Something happened to her and she was in very significant pain and under stress. We found her at the bottom of her bunny condo totally laid flat, panting heavily and not moving. When I tried to get her out of the cage, she just wouldn't move and was dead weight. She came out and ran around the room a bit, but immediately flopped on the ground. She couldn't get comfortable. Our vet was going to be closing in under an hour, so we called the 24-hour service that the vet recommended, which meant a long drive to Skokie.

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posted at 05:14 PM | Link | Bunnies |

Friday, December 10, 2004

Ocean's Twelve

Ocean's Twelve
We went to the AMC South Barrington 30 to catch a 3:45 showing of Ocean's Twelve. Carol has been taking half-days off on Fridays in December and I'm officially out of work, so this was a perfect time.

The movie was... good. I think Carol enjoyed it more than I. It was hard to follow because there were a lot of flashbacks and plot points that weren't revealed until late in the movie. It just wasn't as satisfying as Ocean's Eleven.

posted at 02:14 PM | Link | Movies |

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Another Last Day

Here it is, another last day on a contract job. We're building building servers and testing, not to mention also recieving shipments of hardware that we don't have any room for.

I'm looking forward to some days off. But I don't know how long that will be because...

I'm getting ready to go onto another contract. It's right here in the same building, a floor below the lab I'm working in. So, I may not be out of work very long.

I'm sure I'll talk about this some more when things get solidified and I start up again.

For those of you wondering - this would be that One Year contract gig I mentioned earlier. It's also that "15 Year Step Backward" that I've referred to that I hope to clarify someday as well.

I just want: 1) An ID Badge that will get me where I need to go 2) a cube/office 3) a computer and 4) an actual network login account and live company email.

All 4 of these things I DID NOT HAVE during the current contract gig.


One more thing I keep forgetting to mention... Looking out the 11th floor windows over Schaumburg and the surrounding areas, other than seeing Woodfield Mall and other public places of interest, I find it comforting be able to look a little Northeast and see Carol's building and then looking out west down Higgins Road and seeing where my house is. It's a very odd but satisfying feeling to vew everything you love right outside your window.

posted at 11:47 AM | Link | Work |

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Gorillas at a wake

A touching little story about something that happened at Brookfield Zoo - after Babs the gorilla died at age 30, zookeepers allowed the other gorillas to pay their respects.

posted at 10:00 AM | Link | Current Events |

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Winding down

I've been alone at work for almost 2 days now. My partner has back problems and is in extreme pain, so he took off very early yesterday and today. Fortunately, there were no requests for replacement hardware yesterday, and there's only been 1 request today which I built and just sent off to Pahrump.

I sort of like working alone. What I rather prefer is just being busy.

Looks like Thursday will be my last day. We'll see what happens after that.

posted at 02:52 PM | Link | Work |

Monday, December 06, 2004

Chicago Fire

The fire begins on the 29th floor of the LaSalle Bank Building The fire jumps to the 30th floor of the LaSalle Bank Building The Chicago Fire Department hitting the LaSalle Bank building with water cannons A Chicago Fire Department helicopter (upper right) uses its searchlight to assist in firefighting
We've been glued to the TV watching live coverage of a fire on the 29th floor of the 43-story LaSalle Bank building. It's been burning since 6:30 and they're just getting the flames doused now by hitting the building with water from an adjacent structure. It's a 5-11 Alarm fire with 2 Special Alarms, so a third of the city's fire crews are at this one building. Up until now, the fire's been growing and growing and growing... but never jumping floors. In fact, from the many helicopter shots, there's firefighters in the offices just below the fire. It's surreal looking... All everybody could talk about is how this is similar to and now different from the Cook County building fire in October 2003 due to changes in Fire Department procedures for high rise fires.
Update: The fire just jumped to the 30th floor, all the way on the west side of the building - They're still fighting it. There's all kinds of debris shooting out the west side windows. They've added a 3rd Special Alarm. (The highest they can go is a 5-11 and 5 Specials). Whoa - the whole 30th floor looks like it's going up in flames...

posted at 09:03 PM | Link | Current Events |
Snipped Chip

Indy checks out Chip to make sure he's OK
Chip is home. He pulled through just fine and the people at the vets were saying they were surprised he was eating so soon after surgery. He's moving a little slow and looks a little pissed-off, but he's just lounging around his cage and healing.

posted at 07:29 PM | Link | Bunnies |
Chip Gets Snipped

Last Friday, Carol brought Chip back to the vet for a checkup. We had run the course on his medication and we just needed to see how he was doing. The doctor gave him a clean bill of health, saying that she was glad he made it through the medication - I guess that some bunnies never shake the infection.

Oh - I forgot to tell you - the infection that was making him sneeze, the bacteria that was in his sinus cavities? E. coli! He must have had that since he was with the breeder since e. coli is just not something that he can pickup around our house!

But, this morning, Chip is heading back to the vet. For surgery.

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posted at 06:35 AM | Link | Bunnies |

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Nice and snoozy

Man I just slept around the house all day. We went to my mom's for dinner tonight and slept around there, too.

Boy did it feel good. On the ride home, I felt great. Like I had actually started catching up my lost sleep.

Speaking of lost sleep, I have a new bar of soap update:

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posted at 09:57 PM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Wolves 2 - Admirals 3

Chicago Wolves Milwaukee Admirals

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posted at 10:08 PM | Link | Wolves |

Friday, December 03, 2004


WHen I started this site years ago, I added an area that I called My Pet Peeves. At the time I was commuting a lot and there were things that I was seeing on the roads that were just pissing me off, hence the title My Pet Peeves.

Now, just double checking, I looked up the definition of Pet Peeve:

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
pet peeve

Function: noun
: a frequent subject of complaint

I preface my rants on that page with:

We all have pet peeves. We all have things that set us off. Mine seem to all do with commuting - driving, mostly. I've decided to start a collection of them.

That being said, the whole concept of a Pet Peeve is that it's something that pisses you off. It's something that gets under your skin. It's not something positive.

Are we in agreement here? And, these are MY Pet Peeves. Yes, I realize people won't necessarily agree. Then again, if you have your own set of Pet Peeves, you may agree with a few of mine.

What I DON'T understand, is the series of comments I'm getting over there...

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posted at 07:58 AM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment |

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Still soaping

I still have that bar of soap under my sheet.

It's still working...

... until I woke up this morning and moved around. Then my right leg twitched. Now, does that count because I was waking up or are we countnig just overnight while I'm attempting to sleep?

I still don't understand...

posted at 08:51 AM | Link | Odd | 1 comment |
No melt

SO the Weather Criiters were a bit wrong about yesterday - the sun was out all day, but it never got warm enough to melt anything. Another day of slop on the grass, though the roads seem to have dried up nicely.

So, my last day on this contract will be next Thursday - the 9th. The contract was for 200 hours of work and that's when it gets used up.

However, I may be here again. Very soon. In a totally different role.

If you were in an industry for... let's say... 25 years.

You have been unemployed for quite a while, and have been working some pretty short-term contracts that have been weeks to months in between.

You have an opportunity for a 1 Year contract, but you'd be stepping backwards 15 years in your career.

Would you take it?

posted at 08:21 AM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment |

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

4 inches

The weather critters were correct in their forecasting - we got about 4" of slush. The temperatures are in the high 20's and it's going to be sunny almost all day. We'll probably get into the 40's today and this stuff will just all melt. You can tell it was sleet coming down - it's coating the sides of houses and completely coating cars in driveways. It's still treacherous out there, though - black ice everywhere.

posted at 07:58 AM | Link | Mundane |
*nose wiggle*
posted at 06:54 AM | Link | Memes |


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