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asleep at mal 9/09
i'm losing it rapidly 
1/4/05 15:15
asleep at mal 9/09

work sucks so much i won't even mention it, and i'm sick - caught a sinus/throat thing from a co-worker since the cst/noc room is a breeding ground for illness - 15+ people packed into a room slightly larger than my dining room, which is always either too hot or too cold (we have no control over the temp in here), and we can't take off more than 2 days sick w/out a doctors note, so everyone comes in even if they're still contagious

i started feeling not so good thursday night at alchemy_dc so i left right after vnv finished their set (twas a good night though, and i wanted to stay and hear more of the djs - i especially enjoyed coder32's {sp?} music) but it was excellent to see so many people out

did approximately nothing new years eve (we opted to stay home as zooom was wiped out and i wasn't feeling great), saturday we went shopping for tools to work on the house and spent about $700 at home depot (helped by a friend of zooom's at the germantown store) and sears on ryobi cordless power tools and a sander and grinder we need, then headed back to buy materials we needed only to find home depot closing at 5pm because of new years

sunday i went back to home depot, and had the worst of a series of bad experiences at the silver spring store - i'll never shop there again... they had no-one to assist in the lumber department, and when i finally managed to get the 3/4 ply i needed loaded onto a cart myself and waiting by the saw for them to cut it to size (4' ply won't fit in my car and i needed 30" width) it took about 15 minutes for someone to show up, only to tell me that the ripping saw was broken (no sign though) - i left the materials where they were and walked out

after that, i stopped home, started some chili for dinner monday and headed back out, this time to lowes to procure needed lumber, etc - it's out of my way (i went to the store on route 1 in laurel) but damn what a difference - the staff was happy to help, even going out of the way to make sure i found the appropriate product for my needs - home depot is never this good even at their stores that have decent staff - i was seriously contemplating returning all the tools to depot and buying them at lowes instead (prices are about the same) but it seems like too much work

sorry to all of you who we missed on new years and at chiaroscuro_dc this week - we fully planned to be out and about both nights, but the ick has gotten us
1/4/05 21:00 (UTC)
It was really nice to see you guys out. Hope you both are feeling better soon.
1/4/05 21:15 (UTC)
I'm a HUGE Lowes fan. They're always on the ball, they love making sure you're not overbuying for a project, and they will often get personally involved in what you're doing. I've found their return policy to be more flexible as well. Definitely worth the trip.
1/6/05 12:56 (UTC) - Not being happy at work eats at the soul. Nibble nibble nibble..

I'm sure you've already thought of every way out possible within the structure fo the situation you're already in.

I dnno what the job scene is like in the DC Area - where I live now is so hugely economically depressed, I caught myself saying I'd wait tables if thigns didn't work out w/ my job.

Suckily, I know you're bound to a certain range of income, because of the house. Is there nothing else you could be doing, within that range, that would be - if not happymaking - then at least less miserable..? Your general nature is a calm one, & this job has to really be gnawing at that form how you sound.

I'm totally useless in terms of advice about this situation, so lemme ber upfront about that. I haven't had to get hired in a corporate environment for 8 years. I know it takes time to find soemthgn else - & even if it means some sacrificing on the part of the lifestyle for awhile, supplementing income with eBay or somehting, mebbe it'd be worth it..?

I'm unfamilair w/ Lowe's, but there's one around the corner from me. I've had various oogie experiences @ Home Depot, though, so an alternative sounds great. It at least sounds like you're having fun playing with the house.

Sorry the ickie oog kept ya grounded for New Year's, hope yer feeling better by now.
1/6/05 13:37 (UTC)
Sorry you and Zooom haven't been feeling well. I think it was a quiet New Year's for most. Wish I could have been out there, but even if I had plans would have been unable to go, because I ended up from Thursday to Monday taking care of my mom. She's doing better now.