Thursday and Friday of this past week were days 10 and 9 in [big booming voice] The Countdown to Retirement. I’m taking Mondays off in June (no more Monday mornings!), so I have two four-day weeks remaining in my 33-year career at The Company.
And it’s a good thing I decided to stay through June. The project I’ve been working on since last September still hasn’t hit production (through, I stress, absolutely no fault of mine).
This week we finally got to the point of end-to-end testing in the QA environment, and I’m anticipating we’ll start testing in production next week. Talk about taking it down to the wire!
As you might imagine, rather than lazily basking in the last remaining weeks of my career, I’m instead working my ass off!
One consequence is that I haven’t been around here much. My plan to post stuff “From My Collection” quickly fell by the wayside. In part I discovered that some of the pieces I’d been hanging onto for so long actually just weren’t all that funny. The bigger part is how work sucks the life and communication out of me. Blogging is just too much like work.
Much like Yankees closing pitcher, Mariano Rivera (who is also retiring this year), when it comes to work, I’m just plum outta gas. In many regards, I would have been happier sticking with Plan A and not staying the extra month. On the other hand, I really do want to see this project hit production.
I probably should have warned you earlier that this isn’t likely to be a very interesting post. It’s more a diary entry (classic “web log” stuff) or a marker charting my course. I’m in that weekend mode, drained by work and mostly wanting to read, catch up on movies or watch the Minnesota Twins continue to struggle.
And struggle they do! This season hasn’t been as bad as the previous two, but it definitely hasn’t been good. Right now, at 64 games (almost 40% of the season), the Twins have a win-loss record of 29-35 (.453). Compare that to the same point in both 2012 and 2011, when they were only 25-39 (.391). On the other hand, also compare that to 2010, when they were 36-27 (.571). That’s the year we took the pennant and then went down 1-2-3 to the Yankees in the first three post-season games.
One big problem is our pitchers. The starting staff has an ERA of 5.17, which isn’t horrible, but is far from good. What’s worse is that our starters are only pitching for 60% of the innings (should be at least 70%). And they’re sporting an HR/9 of 1.14. That’s one+ homers they’re giving up every game!
On the other hand, the bullpen is throwing 2.87, which is pretty good, and they have an HR/9 of 0.60 (about half compared to the starting staff).
I did see a movie I really liked and thought was just outstanding: Looper, with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who will always be “Tommy” from 3rd Rock to me). I don’t usually do movie reviews, but this is one I do want to tell you about.
As you may know, it’s a time-travel story. In going over the events of the film I’ve discovered it hangs together beautifully. It’s also a very well-done movie. I’ve seen it twice and look forward to watching it again before I do a write up.
Put it this way: it made my Buy List! Not many movies do these days. (The last one that did was Prometheus, a most creditable entry, I thought, in the Alien saga.)
I’ll leave you today with one from my collection, a cute play on the word ‘service.’ This one will ring so very true to all of us who have experienced various forms of ‘service’ from the companies we depend on.
I became very confused when I heard the word ‘service’ used with these agencies:
This is not what I thought ‘service’ meant.
But today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to ‘service’ his cows.
BAM!!! It all came into focus.
Now I understand what all those agencies are doing to us.
The Twins are about to have another go at the Detroit Tigers, the current top team in our Division. Wish them luck; they’ll need it!