12 March 2015

In Like a Lion...

Not having a computer for a couple of days and an altered work schedule that week sure played havoc with my blogging. That was the case last week. Anyway, on to this week's post.

A late winter snowstorm and some really cold weather to end February and begin March altered my plans that weekend. A social event in Kirkwood on 28 February was called off, as was soccer games I was to have refereed in Arnold the next day. Back at work on that Monday (2 March), we all at the car rental branch pulled together and got our vehicles cleaned up and ready for our customers. I was off that Tuesday--rather than on Thursday as usual--just for that week, to help with staffing. That day, I took my computer in for a tune up, which ended up taking two days. The technician needed to reinstall an ethernet connection, clear away some malware from the system, and update some software and drivers. I got it back Wednesday night.

I also got my hair cut on Tuesday and dyed the gray out as best as possible. That night, only two of us were at the IPMS/St. Louis meeting in St. Charles, so it was very brief, to say the least.

Thursday night (5 March) after work, I was dining at Aya Sofia, a Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant in south St. Louis. I joined others from the Ethnic Restaurant Fans Meetup group for a nice dinner. We also had a nice floor show, courtesy of a belly dancer.

At home the following Saturday, I co-hosted this month's edition of Writer's Block from ANCA Radio Shows, Autistic People. Host Tim Pylypiuk and I discussed the recently deceased Leonard Nimoy and continued our discussion from last month on adaptations. You can check out the show here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autistic-people-/2015/03/07/writers-block-10am-pstradio-drama-the-grooming-hour-11am-pst

After the show, I joined several others from Saint Louis Area Sippers Meetup group at Kitchen House Coffee in midtown St. Louis. We took advantage of the nice weather to sit outside, enjoying our beverages and each other's company.

Early the next morning (8 March), I was at Fox High School in Arnold to referee some youth soccer games. I had the middle on an under 14 boys' match, which was chippy at times (I cautioned one player for a bit of rough play), but it ended well. The day didn't start off so well, as I forgot my uniform shirts. I got home to get them and came back just a few minutes into the first game. (I club linesmen held my spot until then.) Fortunately, the games went off well overall.

Back to regular work days, I flexed out Tuesday afternoon (10 March), which gave me time at home to do some work on a model kit I should have done by next week's IPMS/Gateway meeting. Also, I edited some more articles for the upcoming issue of Naturally Autistic magazine. You can find out more on the magazine and organization here: http://www.naturallyautistic.com/