Totally off day

posted by Jeff | Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:59 PM | comments: 0

You ever have a day that's not quite right, from start to finish? That was me today.

I woke up a little early to cover Simon as Diana got ready to go out for an early doctor appointment. If getting up early wasn't off enough, Simon was oddly not talkative in the morning. I figured that because he at least took an hour nap that he'd have a good day for Diana. He didn't.

When I got to work, a little before 10, I ended up parking in the big garage instead of under the building, which is fine because at least I get exercise by parking on the roof. When I enter my building behind some other dude, he actually follows me because he didn't think I swiped my badge. He was a disrespectful douche. He didn't even have his on him visibly as you're supposed to. I should've asked to see it.

At 11 I went to another session for the internal conference called the Engineering Forum (which has been awesome, by the way), and the session started 15 minutes late. That kind of annoyed me for some reason.

After leaving the conference and heading back for lunch, the Tesla guys were there with their car, so I got a look inside and under the hood. I asked the guy when the real "grown up" model (the S) was coming out, and he seemed genuinely offended by that, launching into a big defensive spiel about how the tech was new and blah blah blah. Seriously? I was just making a funny. There are more Porches then there are Toyota Corollas around that place!

We learned by e-mail that a guy in our group (I've never met him) just lost his son, the apparent "cause" being SIDS. As someone who just had a child, you can understand how that would freak me out. Anything called a syndrome (irritable bowel syndrome comes to mind) is frankly worse in my mind, because it's so undefined in terms of the cause and effect relationship. I mean, cancer at least is obvious, even if you can't beat it. A syndrome has no obvious preventative care.

In the afternoon, I got really tuned into what I was working on. OK, that's actually a good thing, because it's really un-fun. I'm backing out a piece of data no longer used by the app, and it's built in a way that you just keep going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole of dependencies. I usually can't stay focused on stuff like that for very long, but today I did.

Once I got home, Simon was being a bit of a terror, and Diana was hitting her frustration limit. He has been doing that every couple of days, a combination of residual hunger, fatigue and maybe just good old fashioned crankiness. He wears you down and you just can't figure out how to get him to chill.

So I guess I can't say that it was a bad day, but it was strange.


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