Friday, February 29, 2008

It's Not....

"It's not the cough that carries you off.
It's the coffin they carry you off in."

That's one of my Mom & Dad's favorite funny sayings. That pretty much sums up my past two weeks. The flu left, but it didn't leave me alone. I'm into my 3rd week now living with the effects. Zinc lozenges help me tremendously when I have a cold, but I've tried so many types of medicines I've decided nothing really works for a cough, although I haven't tried Grandpa Twist's remedy. He had a honey/whiskey mix you take by a tablespoonful. No, it wasn't an excuse to drink whisky. You probably didn't get as much alchohol as in a dose of Nyquill. I've wondered about a honey, vinegar, lemon juice mix though.

What I'd really like to try is the sweat lodge cure. Get a good hot steam room with maybe some eucalyptus and menthol going on.

I'm open to suggestions.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Oh, Crud...

I was sitting in a worldwide satellite training meeting Saturday and enjoying the meeting when I started to notice the perfume fragrance coming from the lady in front of me. My favorite perfume is White Shoulders, and I'm pretty sure that's what she was wearing. My normal reaction to the smell of that perfume is a euphoric stupor. I get lost in the fragrance and lose my train of thought. This time there were a few other reactions I hadn't counted on such as watery eyes and congestion. I thought, hoped, that it was just an allergic reaction to a strong perfume, but as Sunday came and went, I realized I had caught the crud.

I can't complain much. I don't remember the last time I had a cold/flu, but the timing could have been better. Sunday morning my wife and I had a speaking assignment in Church in a nearby town. Fortunately the bulk of the systems didn't hit until later in the evening. Unfortunately, my youngest daughter was in a production of the 10 Virgins at Church. I was so sick by then I couldn't bring myself to go and expose other people.

Wednesday, I'll be travelling to Ft Worth for some important training for my work. As much as I'd rather not expose people at work, I really need to go to the training, so will go, handkerchiefs in hand, and hope for the best.

I did finally hear what is going on at work. One of our field personnel is leaving this month and I will go back to working in the field. I will work the entire eastern half of the Texas panhandle. It's a huge area and there is no way a single person can adequately do everything that needs to be done, but at least I will be getting large travel checks.

See you on the dusty trails, roads or whatever.



I've been off work for two days with fever, chills, aches, sniffing and sneezing. After waiting two hours in the doctor's office today, the test results were positive for the flu. I'll be off work the rest of the week. Hmm, I've lost five pounds, I'll be off a full week of work.

I'm sure there's a downside to this somewhere.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Love and Hate

I still don't know anything more about my job, so, since I've been tagged by Nene, here's my list of 5 things I love and 5 things I hate.

1 Swinging in a hammock in the shade on a summer day with or without company
2 Classic musical movies (does that make me sound gay?)
3 Laying on the floor by a heater vent
4 Baby animals
5 White Shoulders perfume on, what else, soft white shoulders

1 Tobacco smoke
2 Having my time wasted by someone else. (I do fine by myself, thank you very much.)
3 Having to do plumbing or auto repairs
4 Conflict, arguing, contention
5 Having a body that’s wearing out, with pieces parts that drop, crack, sag or just break down.

Did I mention surveys like this on either list?


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Winds of Change

Right at 5pm last Friday, the manager sent an email to everyone in my office. Bear in mind that my manager does her job mainly from an office 120 miles away. The email basically said that our main field person will no longer be working in the field. She will, effective Monday, be working customer service backup and out of state accounts. Coincidentally, that happens to be my job, among other things.

Now I know I'm not getting fired. No one escorted me from the premises on Friday with my worldly belongings. But there were not enough field personel with the re-assigned coworker there before. I have to wonder now, though, whether or not they will be putting me back into the field for my last year of work.

I have mixed emotions about going back out into the field. My vehicle is not quite as depenable as I've had in the past. The area to work is massive. When I started at my job 24 years ago, we had approximately 20 people doing what two currently attempt to do. An advantage is that the travel checks get large for reimbursement on mileage. Field personnel get to be on their own quite a bit while they are out, but they are monitored quite closely by Big Brother. More downsides include occasional late night and weekend work, plus being the bad guy in collections up close and personal.

I reckon tomorrow will be an interesting and revealing day at work.

Gee, I sure love the weekends.