Subletters

I’ve been fielding a bunch of emails, texts, and calls from people who want to sublet our apartment. It seems like it’s going to be an easier deal than when we sublet the last one. But subletter are weird. I mean, they’re flaky but even before they have a chance to be flaky you can tell they’re weird. The first couple stopped by last night, drove from across town to see our place. Ellie had done a fantastic job tidying up and making it presentable. Continue reading →

Craigslist

Craigslist is a fascinating concept. It successfully digitized a part of the print newspaper industry. Some have argued that Craigslist is largely a part of newspaper’s decline, but at the end of the day what is important is that there is an online classifieds section for me to browse and post to for free when I need to offload some stuff. Fascinating. Ellie and I are currently trying to offload our apartment. Our lease is up at the end of July but for some reasons, Continue reading →

Agenda

Today my agenda consists of two major things and both are the result of people not doing things they way they should have. The first is a lunch meeting with my boss and mentor. We are going to rework the development schedule for the year because my boss had us set the schedule and then asked the board what we should do. Since the board didn’t like that we would be still losing money this year, they said go make cuts. Focus on what makes Continue reading →

Welcome Back

I sent a message to a railroad company the other day to see if I could get an idea about the number of and frequency of trains in a particular area. I got a response as from a customer service representative saying they forwarded my request to the appropriate person . They ended their email with, “Welcome back to the States!” When I saw that, I did a quick double take followed by a brief racking for my brain to understand why they would say Continue reading →

Safety

As a tall, white male there are few places where I do not feel safe. I feel comfortable walking around Madison alone at all hours of the night. Also, as a man who spent two years in Ukraine, where the office staff stressed safety, I feel even more confident in my safety. My understanding is that people are not out looking for trouble.  I am fully aware not everyone has the luxury of peace of mind like I do. There are far less confident people Continue reading →

A wrench in the plan

This morning I went to the board meeting, it went less smoothly than I anticipated. That’s good, though; that’s what I was asking for. The boardembers actually we’re questioning things. As it turns out, they had been meeting for an hour before I showed up, like usual. My boss has presented the proposed budget for the year and there was pushback on it. The board thought we were trying to do too much new stuff. This is something I’ve felt for a while and is Continue reading →

Board meeting

I have to go to a board meeting today. We have them once a month and I got to report on membership sales and tech status. While it’s nice being considered important enough to go, I’d rather not have to.  I feel like we lie. We take whatever numbers we have and spin them to make it sound d like things are normal or better. Rarely they are. Our membership numbers have been on decline over the course of the past few years. But I’m Continue reading →

Rearranging

We rearranged the furniture in the office today. My boss is convinced it will increase productivity. I disagree. I’m a stubborn old man, but I disagree. Our office was given to use for a year free by the company investor who owns the building. It feels like an office that was leftover because no one wanted it. It’s awkwardly laid out and we don’t have furniture that fits the space (also gifted by an investor). When we moved into the space a year ago, we Continue reading →

Dinner Last Night

Wasn’t great. Sometimes, I get a great idea of what to make for dinner but the execution ends up being off for some reason or another. Last night, I made a coconut chicken curry soup. I thought no it could have been good, but I used cream of coconut instead of coconut milk. The cream of coconut, apparently, is really sweet. Like, coconut flavored syrup sweet. I didn’t realize this until after I put the whole can in. Had I not done that, I could Continue reading →

Heirarchy

Everyone came in to work this morning ready to bitch and moan about something, myself included. I didn’t know it, but something yesterday put us all off. I think it stemmed from our boss announcing the bonus structure for the year, and it was much less than everyone anticipated and felt they deserved. Naturally. My bonus structure wasn’t announced because it’s still in planning, but I was fired up regardless. What I think everyone boiled down their frustration to is one co-worker who doesn’t really Continue reading →