Birds! (via my wife)
Pigs are back.
Poking around the Pelikan website, I learned of the Pelikan Stain Doctor. Pelikan makes a variety of ink products (pens, typewritters, etc.). This provides recommendations on how to remove stains caused by various types of ink, and the likelihood for success. I wish more ink brands had such information.
One of my rules for not losing pens is to have one to loan. The office supply cabinet is a good source for that.
My wife texted me while dropping off my daughter. She heard my daughter say to a friend, “That’s my crazy mom. she’s not as crazy as my dad, but they’re both pretty silly.”
Decorating my new helmet
I was hoping my next blog post would be about a cool evening seeing snow leopards at the Cincinnati Zoo on member’s night. Anyone who follows me on twitter knows I was being downright obnoxious about that. My daughter got me a t-shirt from the Snow Leopard Trust, and I made a point of having it clean for the event. I was going to be in full cat geek mode.
I even had crazy notions of waking up at 6 AM the following morning to get a bike ride in before the heat of the day took hold.
Instead, it turned into the worst day of the summer so far.
We’ve been having a problem at work. I can’t go into all the details, but it it’s been going on for a while. At this point, the problem has been going on for a long time, and needed to be resolved. Unfortunately, we made a few missteps. As of this writing, it’s still going on. This sucked up most of my day. However, we got them to a point where I would be minimally involved in the evening, mostly sending e-mail. I told the vendor to do some testing. All through the afternoon, I tried to get status. I got status: it failed. The status came at 5:10 PM.
We had a call, and determined what needed to be done. I was still at the office. You know you are having a bad Friday when you see the cleaning crew. In the middle of the call, the fire alarm went off. I unmuted, and said “Guys I have to evacuate–I’ll let you know when I can get back.” I started walking to the fire stairs, and passed a very casual looking cleaning crew. Someone from the building maintenance staff let me know this was a periodic test of the fire alarm system. I went back to my desk. Finally, at about 7:45, they released me.
I exchanged pictures of my office view with my key contact at my vendor in the DC area.
During all of this, a storm came through. At around five, when the call started, it was 106°. This set off a big storm–I heard reports of 80 mph straight-line winds. Within an hour, it was down to 72°. This had the effect of knocking power out at my house (and for many in the Cincinnati area). My wife suggested I grab something to eat downtown before coming home, which I did. She picked me up, and we returned to our dark, hot house.
I dozed off on the couch about 9:30, then awoke to the sound of my phone an hour later. There was another problem with the issue we were dealing with. We went through several iterations of vendor calls and attempts, until isolating the problem at 1 AM. At 2 AM, the power returned–it’s amazing just how many things in our house beep! My wife and I got the air conditioning running, checked on our daughter, then went to bed.
So, I missed member’s night, but we’re making plans to go real soon (perhaps even today!). I realize this is a bit of a first world problem–I have a house that has air conditioning, the power was restored relatively swiftly (we went without once for several days), and a good (if occasionally demanding) job. While I may be angry and upset going through a situation, afterwards, I try to take a deep breath and count my blessings. I know they are many.
Earlier in this week, Pandora shuffled “As” by Stevie Wonder. He made some great music! I’m playing it as a “feel better” anthem. The video below lacks the cool second half that is on Songs in the Key of Life, but it’s still pretty cool. “Turn your words into truth/and then that truth into love.”
Tomorrow as I write this is member’s night at the Cincinnati Zoo. This means we finally get to see Cat Canyon, which will be the new home of Renji, the snow leopard cub we saw at the Chatanooga Zoo. Of course, she’s a little bigger now. We are planning on going, in spite of the anticipated heat.
I wanted to be sharp for photographing her, so I pulled out my camera for a practice session. If they ever profiled me on The Setup, I’d probably list Eddy, Luna, and Beso among “What hardware do you use?” They are very useful models for taking pictures of the wilder members of their family–they have roughly the same shape and proportions, so light plays more-or-less the same way.
However, they were all dozing. Can’t say I blame them. Eddy was snoozing in the door to the bathroom. He looked at me with some intense eyes.
Luna watched me roll on the floor trying to get a good picture.
Though I eventually bored her.
Her yawn was contagious.
He settled in for a nap on the cool tile.
, circa 1887, Anton Mauve
Maps for the Art for All project are available at the Taft Museum, in downtown Cincinnati, and a few other locations around Cincinnati (look for a green sticker with their logo on the door). There is also an online edition.
The Doctor’s Visit, circa 1663, by Jan Steen.