June 1st, 2003

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Fun day and night

I got up a bit early and got off to the Twins game for the afternoon. None of the people I talked to could go with me so I ended up going by myself. Traded by tickets up for lower club seats. I was 10 rows up, sitting right on the first base line. Very good seats. The second pitch was fouled into my section, about 10 rows behind me. It was going to be an exciting day.

The Twins ended up losing to the Mariners, which sucked. The Mariners are a good club, though, so it's not so bad losing to them.

After the game, I swung home and whipped up some dinner for Ericka. Then it was down to Keegan's Pub where Tramps & Hawkers (aka the boys) were having their "not a CD release party." Saw both halves of minnehaha, 90_percent_sure, mizzlaurajean and davidschroth, drank quite enough whiskey and beer. Sat in with the band on bodhran for part of the second set a few songs at the end of the night. Fun time.

Dozed off (darned drink) the rest of the night and now need to get breakfast for Ericka and then crawl back into bed.
  • Current Music
    One Night in Boston--The Tim Malloys--Drunkards, Bastards, and Blackguards
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Mastery day 7—Bad mood

Today's topic is about how a good sense of humor can keep you on your career path.

Once again, I don't feel I need a lot of help her. A little now and then, but mostly I crack me up. I often look back on situations the have occurred on the job and find ridiculous humor in them. I'll often crack up at some silly thing that happens at work.

The exercise portion of today's lesson is to think about how your favorite comedian would view your job.

I'm thinking the author means one's current job. If I had a favorite comedian, it would probably be George Carlin. (Though I also enjoy a lot of other humorists. Favorites always seem so limiting.) I can imagine George Carlin delivering some of my work's edicts and making them seem funny.

For example, we recently got emailed a quiz on two of the little software tools we use in doing our jobs. They are called Jumpstart and Toolbox. The opening line of the email from the training department invited us to take this quiz to improve our skills. It then went on to say that this was not a compulsory quiz but that we should take it and email the answers to our leads so that they knew we had availed ourselves of this learning opportunity. I smile now thinking about it.
  • Current Music
    Midnight Special--Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie--More Together Again In Concert - Volume One