28 March 2013

After the Snow, Spring (I Hope)

After the big snowfall last Sunday (24 Mar.)--approximately 12 inches (30.5 cm) fell--it was an interesting start to the work week. I was at the auto rental firm branch early on Monday helping remove snow from the vehicles' windows and dealing with a reduced maneuvering space on our lot due to the snow piles. It was most hectic in business to start that day, but we got through it fine. I also worked Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and having a better time of things as the snow melted.(Is spring really here?) Also on Wednesday, I received my 90-day review from my supervisor and it was very positive. My reliability, hard work, sociability with colleagues, and customer service were cited. Just a bit to work on improving in traffic management, but they are most happy to have me, as I as most happy to be there.

I was in north St. Louis County last night (27 Mar.) for a get together of the Sex Positive St. Louis Meetup, where there was a demonstration of kinky sex items and techniques. I didn't have much interest in this, so I left after about an hour.

I was off work today, and spent some of that time getting my computer tuned up. The technician at Office Depot added memory to my computer, giving it double the previous memory, which is already helping it run faster. Also, he got rid of a few old files, so this computer should be running much smoother from now on.

Back to work tomorrow morning, and I have games on Saturday afternoon-evening. Plus, Easter this Sunday.


24 March 2013

It's Snowing (This Late in March)!

Quite a day here in St. Louis. Since mid-morning, we've had snow falling all day. It looks like we will get up to 6 inches (15.2 cm) by the time this storm ends tonight. My soccer games for late this afternoon have been called off (no repeat of the USA-Costa Rica match last Friday night in Denver), and it will be quite a cleanup job at the car rental firm tomorrow morning.

Speaking of that firm, work has been pretty good of late. Been rather busy, so I'm not sitting around a lot, which is good. I'd rather be busy. It makes the day go faster and I feel more of a sense of worth. A week ago yesterday (16 Mar.), I took a safe driving course at the firm's request, to ensure I would have a good driving record. The four-hour course went well.

That weekend, I officiated games on the Saturday (16 Mar.) and Sunday (17 Mar.). The three games Saturday went well, with no real hitches. The Sunday games were played in the rain (on artificial turf), which really felt cold. The second game was cut short due to lightning in the vicinity. Other than that, no major incidents in those matches.

I was at the dentist's office last Tuesday afternoon (19 Feb.) to get some filings put in and a gap caused by a tooth partially breaking loose filled. I was in the chair for over 1 1/2 hours, but glad to get this taken care of that day. I have an appointment early next month to follow up on this and to fill in one more cavity, and that should take care of things with my teeth.

That night, IPMS/Gateway met at Calvary Presbyterian Church. We had a good turnout for the meeting, which included a demo on seam filling. I had the fellowship hall prepared beforehand and cleaned up afterward.

The next day (20 Mar.), I had to deal with diarrhea at work. I was able to finish up my work schedule and come home, but I had a flight touch of stomach flu that afternoon. Fortunately, I was off the next day and was able to rest up and return for work that Friday morning. Thursday night (21 Mar.) found me at the Missouri Aviation Historical Society's meeting at Creve Coeur Airport, where the 1970 movie "Airport" was screened. I hadn't seen that film in a few years, but I liked it.