September 16th, 2003


New brothers and sisters

Today is the day all the new chiefs join the mess. As I type, I am pretty sure that a lot of them are tired and wondering if the pinning ceremony will ever happen. They don't really understand, yet, that after today their professional life will never be the same; some of them won't understand until they look back next year, or the year after that. They are the people with the answers. They are the problem-solvers. They are the oil that makes things run smoothly, and at the same time, are the glue that holds things together.

They are chiefs.
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Third time's the charm.

My laptop's floppy drive broke about three days after I met perimindyth several months ago. Of course, I didn't realize it was broken until I tried to use it about two months ago. It worked fine, but the disk wouldn't eject. Fortunately, it was still under the extended warranty (we'd somehow figured a laptop that went travelling might need more service than the desktop) and so I emailed tech support. After exhanging a few emails, one of which asked me to do a few things that I already had done, they asked for an address to send the new part to. I waited a week since the move was impending, then sent it in.

Now comes the irritating part. The part never arrived. So I called customer service, and found out they'd shipped it via Airborne Express, and it had been returned as undeliverable. Okay, so the nice lady set it up to ship again. No drive. Again I called, and this time spoke to a nice young man, who, just like the lady before quite firmly squashed my request for USPS delivery.

"It'll be there Tuesday," he said.
"I doubt it," I answered.
"Yeah, me too," he admitted.

Well, today we finally got one of the notices that have supposedly been left for us before. Hubby called and they told him it was the second attempt. Yeah, right.

We'll have it tomorrow when he picks it up from their office. Finally. Then I can respond to the customer satisfaction survey I got last week. :oD

I bet Airborne Express is staffed entirely with former Navy supply personnel. The service feels familiar.
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Calling the baby ugly.

Years ago, some people said that colored folks just didn't possess the intelligence necessary to vote, and therefore ought not be allowed to vote. These people said that it was the color of a man's skin that determined his capability to vote intelligently. These people passed 'Jim Crow' laws to thwart justice and keep the votes of the colored folks from being counted. These people were called racist - because that is what they were.

Today on the way back to work after my workout, I heard a clip from the ACLU's press conference given yesterday after the Court's decision. "We know going in that if the vote were to take place in October, that the opportunity for voters of color and low income voters to have their votes counted would be one half to one-third of what it is for white voters and affluent voters." So this guy is saying that voters of color and low income voters are...too stupid to figure out how to vote? Just because of their skin color or income level? (I am ignoring for the moment that he starts with 'we know' when that whole argument is bogus from the start.) They fought to subvert the state constitition and take away the votes of the people of California.

Which brings me to the conclusion that the guy speaking for the ACLU is a racist.
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