November 21st, 2003

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Judge for yourself

You're a natural born trouble-maker. You hate
authority and do everything you can to get
around the law, or in some cases, break it.
Naturally stubborn, you hardly ever sway once a
decision is made. Your nature is fiery and
courageous, and always out-going. You love
attention and usually have kinky fetishes
you're not afraid to explore. People either
love you or hate you.

What Type of Soul Do You Have ?
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Another poll answer

Oh, checking up on my quiz I see a question I have yet to answer.

What's your worst bad habit?

Easy - tardiness. I'm ALWAYS running late. I have no sense of time and I lose track of it easily. I'm always doing something for 'just five more minutes' and losing an hour. I've been in trouble repeatedly with employers for being late. If I wasn't such a workaholic, and if I didn't do a pretty good job, it'd probably be a major issue. As it is I *know* I get away with a bit because of my overall value. But I'd probably make more money, etc, if I was better about being on time for things. It is commonly the *only* negative issue raised when I have a revue.

I'm also late to social gatherings, etc, and that can frustrate, annoy, or just plain piss-off my friends.

I'm *much* better about being on time for things since I started carrying my Palm (well, Clie now) since I can set things on my schedule and set an alarm ahead of time. But I'm still late sometimes. Especially if I give myself too much time, because then I have time to kill and end up getting distracted. I get really pissed at myself sometimes because I don't know how I can miss so much time, but at the same time I really don't care to try to do more about it. I find trying to do more about it just annoys me even more, and i get really frustrated and pissy. Since I'm actually generally OK with important things - meetings, time critical reservations, etc - it isn't too bad these days. And I'm laid back enough that when I burn myself, I just accept it. I've missed a number of flights over the years because I was running late. So I've had to rebook on later flights, sometimes paying more for a new flight, etc. Hey, I don't bother getting upset most of the time since it is usually my own fault and there is no point in getting upset over it. I'm a fairly calm traveler.

Procrastination is another bad habit of mine, they're kind of related.
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I suck with names - a lot. Really, if you observed me you'd notice I rarely call someone by name unless I know them well. Sometimes I even forget the names of long time friends. So someone I see now and then will come up and say "Hey MegaZone, how's it going?" and I'll be like "Oh, hey, nice to see you..." Never mentioning their name. Meanwhile, internally, I'm going "Shit shit shit, I know this person, I recognize them, what the fuck is their name?!?!"

But I also do this with memories - people i haven't seen in a while lose their names in my memories. I'll remember a face, etc, but no longer their name. This is especially frustrating with old lovers and gfs, since it was drilled into my head at some point that only a complete cad forgets the name of an old gf. I can't remember the names of *most* of the women I've gone out with over the years. Sure, I remember the name of my stalker (Barbara), my first gf (the pyscho) (Rebecca), and the one gf who ended up wanting to burn me - in effigy or at the stake, I don't think she was picky (Andrea). But there are a number who are nameless now. I really wish I could remember the name of the cool woman I met in the pub in Hamburg, or the other cool woman who let me crash on her floor while I was there. This drives me nuts when I go to cons and tradeshows too, since people come up to me with "Hey, we met at the last FuCon, remember?" Yeah, I probably do - except that if I only heard your name once in passing at a con I will NEVER remember it the next time we meet. I'm always afraid I'm going to offend someone because I don't remember their name, or that they'll think I'm arrogant and didn't deem it worth remembering or something. Especially since I have such a unique name and it seems like no one every forgets it.

(Memo to self - the girl who went skinny dipping with you, Ani, and Goatboy was Abby - you keep forgetting that!)
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Cutting Ballast

A while back I mentioned winning an award for 'Best War Story' at one of the ISPF tradeshows some years back. Collapse )
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The most Dilbertian place I've worked

Thinking of the war stories and such got me thinking about the various places I've worked - Xylogics, Livingston, Lucent, GTE Internetworking, Event Zero - and now Cyphermint. But before all of those, just after I graduated in 1994, I had another job. It was for an optics company in Sturbridge, MA. I'll just call them GEO, I'm embarrassed to name them. :-) GEO hired me to do technical writing, documenting one of their product lines. It was a spread spectrum spectroscopy system used to monitor industrial processes. GEO had a few product lines - night vision systems for the government, industrial systems, medical systems (endoscopes and the like), and some other stuff. They'd been riding high on Reagan era military spending for night vision and the like, but the bottom had fallen out of that market by 1994 so they were pushing the other products. How they managed to survive at all I'll never know.

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