January 9th, 2009


Habit forming...

So, I didn't make any specific resolutions for this year, but I'm trying to do 3 things, one of which I'm still getting the hang of.

a) Post something to LJ every day.
b) Do my version of Project 365 on flickr
c) Use twitter more often.

So far a & b are in good shape (although I've been busy and haven't put up the last week's worth of photos, I do actually have them and will be putting them up soon) but I'm still having trouble doing twitter on a regular basis. I think it's because it feels like a txt message to no one in particular and that seems... odd. I like to ramble (as you might have noticed) so I can handle doing a post and just putting it out there just as an exercise in writing, same thing with photos, I can put them up for the sheer pleasure of having taken a picture that I like and feel like sharing, but twitter is still a bit of a challenge...

I like the concept, but I'm still not 100% sure how I can use it as part of "being online"
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Surreal Moments...

Last night I wandered out to Wal-Mart for a couple of last minute purchases.

On my way out, a lady called my name. I looked back and I vaguely recognized the person waving at me but only just. She walked over and introduced herself and that jogged my memory. We had done a job for her and her husband a couple of years ago. I said hi and did the typical "How are you? How have you been?" thing.

Her husband died last week.

What do you say to that? She's not a friend, she's a former client, but she struck up a conversation and that was pretty much the first thing that she mentioned after saying hi. Where can that conversation possibly go?

I spent an uncomfortable 10-minutes giving her my condolences and listening to her talk about her husband and the resolution to their lawsuit with the original general contractor on the job we had worked on. We only did the plumbing on that job and the GC that hired us turned out to be a first-class con-artist/loser. We came out ok, but he owed them quite a bit of money (like $20k-$30k iirc). They had to go to court over it and apparently the GC had just paid them what he owed them in December. So that was actually something I knew about, but she also talked a decent bit about her husband.

This is the 2nd time this month where I know someone who has lost a spouse and I still can't figure out what I can possibly say to them that won't sound terribly inadequate. "I'm sorry for your loss" just doesn't quite seem to cut it. On the bright side, I think she appreciated the chance to just talk to someone so I didn't mind the actual conversation... it was just very awkward... awkward and surreal.

Ok, back to work, I just wanted to document that before I forgot about it.
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    working working
typing monkey

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