Sunday, September 26, 2010

I can't stand the rain.

Actually I don't mind the rain in theory but it does concern me when there are torrential downpours, like right now. This old house is not equipped. Here's hoping that sump pump goes into overdrive and the gutters can route the water away...although I know they are struggling and doing a half ass job.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What should one do in this case...?

So the new job is going great. However something is weighing on my mind a bit.

Before I left the last job, I went through the background check process with them, and the company sent me the completed background check (as requested). They checked every county I had had a residence in, and I didn't have a record in any of those counties. However, there was a note that a county that was not checked may have a record. That was the county in which I had had a ticket for speeding and reckless driving. Apparently the company didn't care to find out what it was and I passed and got the job (which I didn't take in the end). It's just traffic anyway, but I'm alarmed that it is on there, and that it doesn't instead just say what it was reduced to!

Anyway, so this new job involves background checks. I of course went through one to get the job. However I didn't get it sent like the last time. What happens is if there's anything fishy on your background check, it goes to a higher up to say it's ok or it's not ok (in which case you don't get the job). Well I took the, um, liberty of looking up my own background check. I mean it's my background information so... I discovered that I had been sent to the big boss to approve! And the traffic thing above didn't even show up, but rather a "trespassing" misdemeanor I had from FOURTEEN YEARS AGO!

It was dismissed but it still showed up, even as "dismissed," the information is there. I had forgotten entirely about it (I was peeing in a parking lot and before I got back in the car the cops pulled up and said I was trespassing since it was after store hours. Sigh.) Of course the big boss approved it stating "not work related", and I never heard a thing about it from her or anyone. However it freaks me out that that is out there on my record for any kind of future need to be screened and what if she had decided to not hire me since I didn't disclose? Something that was supposed to be "dismissed" or "reduced", I'm not sure.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm just an old hippy at heart.

I had a great weekend, after an episode at work on Friday where suddenly and without warning a huge blind spot appeared in my vision and I was momentarily partially blinded. It was very disconcerting, especially with the guy who is training me directing me to do things and unbeknownst to him I suddenly can't see. I carried through and before the day ended I explained to him and the woman that sits behind me (at that point I still could not see, but I could see enough to tell they were looking at me like I'd lost my mind). Anyway it passed thankfully and has not returned but I made the mistake of Googling this symptom upon which I discovered it is indicative of a DETACHED RETINA and I need to seek immediate eye care or else permantly lose my eye site.

I however have to put this off until November when my health insurance kicks in. I've been obsessing over it, as it is a new symptom that has emerged. The others of which are a) sudden panic while driving on the highway that I am going to lose control of the vehicle, b) a surge of terror that awakens me right when I'm falling asleep repeatedly throughout the night, c) an aneurysm-like headache in my temple, and d) feeling like I'm suddenly going to erupt in profanity and racial epitaphs against my will when in business meetings. I am clearly losing what's left of my mind.

But I digress. The weekend was great. As previously reported, Jacqueline Susann, a great cat, was relocated to a former co-workers home. On Friday, Jo Jo K made a pilgrimage to North Carolin to collect Buddy Budro Wilson, to return him to his Queens roots. I had to get these cats into the hands of suitable parents as I am unfit to mother any other living being. I had to find them homes before the state got involved. Jo Jo is perfect for Budro because he was her mother's cat and she has known and loved him for many years, and he is just all you could ever ask for in a cat. So Pam Damn arrived on Saturday to assist in their long voyage back. While they were here we ate bar-b-que (as requested), went to the Epicentre (they were not impressed), and discovered Yesteryear's Pub which is the most surreal and wonderful place, with the most unexpected mix of people, kareoke, cheap drinks, and general everyone-is-welcome spirit. This morning after they obtained their rental care we ate breakfast at a Shoney's, and I am not sure I've ever been to a Shoney's, at least not in the last 30 years.

Budro has taken many car trips in his day and I received reports from the ladies that, as per usual, he vomited shortly after getting on the road and began foaming at the mouth. But once he gets used to the car motion he calms down, gives in, and naps. Budro is known to turn to food and sleep in stressful situations which is why he is a cat after my own heart.

Then tonight I picked up a friend from highschool that I have not seen in 16 years. We went to an opera recital and reception because I'm CLASSY. It was lovely. I ran into a woman I know and it was an awkward moment when she was reminding me who she was because the night I met her she and her cohorts kept pouring liquor down my throat. But anyway...I remembered in the end and it was good to see her and my friends in the Opera.

So now I am off to bed as the workweek awaits! Here's hoping my vision and mental health can hold on till another Friday arrives.