July 15th, 2009

fatuous lunatic

Good Morning Star Shine!

No walking or getting to the gym today. :(

I had to hang around until the laundry opened so I could pick up one of Hubby's utilikilts. I still hate the damn things with a vengeance, but as long as he's wearing the brace, they are the most practical thing for him to wear out, and he's got a P.T. appointment today.

By the way, stalkers, Hubby says hi! He thought the bi-polar comment was very amusing.


While I was avoiding LJ and hanging out on Twitter, I found out about Whuffaoke, which if I understand it correctly is someone in a Winnebago going around the country doing Karoake. HOW COOL IS THAT? And today they're in San Francisco and I'll be heading over to Citizen Space after work to hook up. It'll have to be pretty hit and run since Hubby will be waiting at home for me to show up with food.

My personal dream, if I sell another novel or win a vast amount of money in some other way, would be to do a Karaoke tour of Asia. Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Phillipines.


Thanks to hllangel, I now know about Kick It To Rachel, a Youtube channel that posts all the throws from Keith Olbermann to Rachel Maddow as Countdown segues into the Rachel Maddow show. I know there are issues with shipping Keith and Rachel, but if you watch a bunch of them, the adorability factor is just irresistible, even if it's only for "friend-shipping".

Last night's was really incredible. It fed off of a story (worth seeing in its own right) about some yahoo in congress who was introducing legislation to ban human/animal hybrids. (NO, I'm not kidding.) That Keith to say something about mermaids....hilarity ensued: (Keep a special eye out for Keith's expression. PRICELESS!)


The vacation can't really be over until I do a Meme!

I know I've done variations on this one before, but here goes.

Ask Me A Question Meme

Ganked from speccygeekgrrl

The problem with LiveJournal is that we think we're close, but really, we know nothing about each other.

So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me, something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about, or something you've always been curious about but have never asked, or something completely silly that you'd like me to answer for kicks. No limits on the range of questions, either: ask me anything you want to know about, whether it's a fannish opinion or a question about a fic of mine or trivia about my real life or my thoughts on events in the offline world.

And no limits on the number of questions, either. Go nuts.
fatuous lunatic


Welcome back a segment we haven't seen for awhile:

Bullshit From The Boss

While it has been only three months since we instituted our payroll reductions, I think I speak for everyone in the company when I say that it feels like an eternity.

First of all, I want to reiterate my profound thanks and humble gratitude to you all for the sacrifice you and your families have been making on the company’s behalf.

Let me try to summarize the current state of the industry and our company. Since we instituted the reductions in April, the overall economic upheaval appears to be lessening and Travel Aency's business seems to be stabilizing, albeit at significantly lower levels than last year. In spite of the fact that so many companies (including virtually all of our clients) have cut back so dramatically on their travel, and despite the continuing gloomy news from the airline industry, we are now fairly optimistic that we may have seen the worst of this global financial crisis.

Unfortunately, though, while things seem to have stabilized somewhat at these levels, we have yet to see, beyond some exciting recent new account wins and a very slight pickup in transactions, any more tangible signs that business overall is picking up. We are also approaching the slowest time of the year, i.e., the heart of summer. With ailing suppliers, plummeting airfares and very aggressive clients demanding lower fees, we are working very hard to ensure that we continue to weather this storm.

Nonetheless, we are committed to easing the hardship that you and your families have been enduring over the past several months. Commencing tomorrow, July 16th, effective the next payroll of July 31st, we are rolling back five percentage points of the payroll reductions. If you had a 15% payroll reduction, 5% of your salary will be reinstated beginning with the next payroll. If you had a 10% payroll reduction, 5% of your salary will be reinstated with the next payroll.

I wish we were in a position to roll back the entire reduction at this time, but we cannot. So while I live for the day when I can come back to you and tell you that our period of sacrifice is over, we can’t in good conscience do that unless, and until, we see a more significant and tangible pickup in business overall. As we have been doing since the reductions went into effect, we will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will make further adjustments as soon as possible. Let’s hope that the economy continues to move in a positive direction and that our clients begin traveling at their prior levels in the very near future.

I want you to know how appreciative I am of your support and dedication through this difficult period. While we are in the travel business, let’s face it, as a service business catering to very demanding clients, we are really in the people business. Each of you is vital to our being able to ride out this storm. I commend your efforts and urge each of you to keep going the extra mile for our clients as these efforts are so critical to our success and will ultimately ensure that we get back to where we need to be as soon as possible.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

The Big Boss

Song Lyric Prompt-a-Day 2009 Day 196

Prompts can be used for any fandom, pairing, or even original fic, if you like. (Yes, any.) All I ask is that you credit me with providing the prompt and comment with a link to the entry.

Prompt #196

Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World-Tears For Fears
Written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanely, and Chris Hughes
From the album Songs From The Big Chair