Thursday, May 26, 2011

Still No Poker

Today marks 6 weeks without poker.

I do miss going to the Morgan Hill Tournament but the hosts schedule worked out that April tourney was his last until August and it is always 1st weekend of month. I am not sure I miss Online anymore. I might have felt compelled to play to maintain IronMan status as that was worth a bonus few bucks every month.

I only have one more month where I can drive solo in the HOV lanes. We own two hybrids bud sadly I misplaced stickers for wive's car when we got them. Will probably find when I get around to clearing out storage. There are no HOV lanes along my short commute route to work so will only miss stickers the few nights I head North after work to visit old co-workers.

I looked at a Tesla Roadster as I think the all electric vehicle stickers are still active but determined I can't sit in Roadster with roof on.

From workplace last quarterly report:
"We plan to also undertake certain cost control initiatives, such as a voluntary early retirement program, further workforce reductions and other restructuring activities. We expect to recognize a pretax charge in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 of between $0.5 billion and $1.1 billion in connection with the voluntary early retirement program, which amounts will be paid in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. At this time we cannot quantify the amount of further restructuring charges that we expect to recognize in future periods, as we are in the process of evaluating these activities."

I believe I have reasonable odds to not be part of "further workplace reductions" but it definitely makes work more tense plus sense I have played as much poker as I have I recognize that the risk is never zero.

Monday, May 02, 2011

No Poker, Only work

The 15 days without poker left me with more time to sleep and sadly less urgency to leave work in time to register for the 7:20 (Pacific) Rush Super Turbo KO.

Eventually I will find another hobby and/or exercise more but last two weeks work has been busy as I am covering for co-worker who went to Mother-in-laws funeral (in Iran) so have departed closer to 9 each night.

The most important thing learned at work is that it may seem cool to name a project after a Marvel Comics theme but once you involve Canada trouble occurs.

There have been some holdups shipping from China to US and from US to Bangalore just because we put Project name on manifest.

Someone has some explaining to do to convince people that they really are just router boards rather than some mysterious Weapon X.