October is often wonderful in Seattle. The first half of the month is often sunny and in the 60s and I he last couple of weeks start to get hazy in prep for November rains. But this week has been very very wet. We broke the monthly record with more than 9 inches, which is way over our our wettest months of November and December. Pretty wild. What will the rest of the winter bring?
I don’t know if they are outthinking themselves, using new systems or suffering from the changes of global warming, but our Seattle forecasters are missing the boat. Several weeks ago, they completely whiffed on overpredicting a dangerous wind storm that barely had any impact at all, and overall the past few years they seem to underpredict the temperature on warm days by 5 degrees. But they also seem to be consistently missing predictions on timing of storms and the amount of rain. For example, today was supposed to be rain, but between .1 and .25 inches, which isn’t much more than a sprinkle. But is raining buckets out there and has been all morning. Last week, they did something similar and I wore the wrong pair of shoes. They need to start putting more information in their forecasts, such as what all the variables are (rather than just saying “Rain”) so people can look at the information and decide for themselves.
We are on a roll with some pretty good Halloween movies! Last night we watched The Devil’s Backbone, which takes place in a remote Spanish Orphanage during the Spanish Civil War. An orphan boy is left at the orphanage, which is run by a disillusioned widow and a kindly doctor. Meanwhile, there is a boy spirit roaming the halls and a young but heartless worker is seeking the orphanage’s supply of gold, which leads to a climactic ending. It is spooky but not terrifying and definitely well made and interesting, not unlike The Orphanage. I read somewhere from a secondary source that the film is an allegory for the Spanish Civil War, and it makes me curious about that. It was a cozy way to spend a wet Halloween Eve evening (including a fire place fire).
Wife M scheduled manis and pedis for us today. My pedicurist was especially good, and had a good touch and gave a good massage. I spent the entire hour with my eyes closed while focusing on the warmth of the shoulder pillow, the soothing feeling of the process plus foot/shoulder massage and enjoying my warm tea. It was a marvelous hour at a time when I am in a lot of pain/fatigue from my illness and also feeling worried about my current flare and spot on my lungs.
Commentary: Once again, there were like 10 women and 1 dude (me) in there — some day, maybe, more dudes will figure out how great mani/pedis are and how nice it is to have groomed hands and feet. Until then, I’ll enjoy being the only guy in a salon of women 🙂 When I was in college, there were times when guys would comment about how did I know so many women – duuuuhhh, it is the little things that indicate you are not a gorilla or clueless dude, little things like manis/pedis, asking women questions about their lives instead of talking about yourself, wearing stylish shoes/shirts that a stylish woman picked out for you and making flawless eye contact (that is, keeping eyes up or away, and not on breasts or other women). Also, the topic of sex should never come up, ever – it is okay for women to talk about sex with other women, but as a married man making any (even harmless) comment about sex is risking crossing that line of trust. Even after 25 years of blissful monogamy, those habits are still ingrained in me and help keep my relationship with Wife strong.
Anyway, I enjoyed my mani/pedi today.
Had coffee with a former employee who remains at the company where we worked together. It sounds like the company is still a mess, and mired in metrics hell. For example, each Rep has to find 6-8 leads a week, and they are measured on how well the delivery team covers the leads since (in theory) if the lead is good then delivery will do good work on it. This is shocking – the delivery team isn’t doing good work and usually blames the leads, since they don’t really have any accountability (again, if the leads don’t advance it is the rep’s fault).
Meanwhile, there are twice a week meetings where each rep’s leads are reviewed, they are given action items on each lead then questioned about the these items at the next meeting. So there is a perpetual current of stress that begins with the 6-8 leads and runs down sh** creek from there.
Oh my god. What a hell hole, and a sign that the company is run by a former data-obsessesed engineer and not an actual good business person. It makes me veeeerrrrryyyyy glad I don’t work there anymore. How can you possibly be strategic and thorough — and possibly enjoy your job — when you are obsessed all the time about meeting one-size-fits-all metrics developed by people with no common sense? 🙂
My arms and legs feel soooo heavy and weak,my entire body is stiff and hurts, my vision is blurry, and I just don’t feel right. It has gotten worse these past few days. I don’t know what is going on with my body but I am feeling absolutely miserable. I am glad that I am in the middle of some tests and in the midst of seeing doctors — timing is right by chance.
WIfe M and Daughter L heard about Black Christmas on Faculty of Horror, and we noticed it has been well received over the years and it kind of set the stage for the slasher genre (although I’ve never watched those with the exception of Halloween, last weekend). I liked it. I really like films that are patient and set atmosphere with a deft hand, and this film did that really well. It felt real, not cheap and wafer thin, and was frightening but not overly so. I can’t believe the same director did this film, Porky’s and A Christmas Story 🙂