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Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Antici...

The bags and laptop are packed and I'm ready to go. I did get some overtime work yesterday, so I'll be able to leave a little earlier today. Still won't make Gunn Lake until after 9 or so. Since I've been doing this I keep finding shorter ways to go. Michigan, however, is a big state. So is Ohio for that matter. Was hoping to get more sleep last night, but didn't make it. Good thing caffeine works so well.

Lately I've been making simple mistakes at the day thing. That's another indicator that I'm approaching exhaustion. Unfortunately is doesn't look like I'll be able to rest a lot until the weekend after this one. Woohoo! Okay, well, it's not like the Feral Writer's Retreat is all that high-pressure or anything. I don't find I can sleep in while I'm there, though. An internal pressure to be sure. Something about wanting to maximize the time spent there. It's a beautiful place and all the fellow writers there are engaging, witty, and intelligent.

The day thing continues to have issues. I guess they asked the union employees for a 10% give-back on salaries. No word if that halts the revolving furloughs. Thing is, at least for the metrics I can watch, we seem to be getting busier. Of course we may just be getting more work at lower margins, or even negative margins (for cash flow), or just fewer impressions per piece. I've overheard various conversations that give me hope. I think there's finally a watch on what we make profit on and what we don't and decisions being made accordingly.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just stopping by to see if Jim decides to come and mock you regarding state size.

Cassie

Steve Buchheit said...

As you know, Cassie, we're quite proud of our state's size. We don't have to feel in adequate to anybody.

Plus, Alaska isn't as big as they think it is because the water is always cold up there. Glacial melt and all.

Anonymous said...

So there is an upside to global warming. Be sure to tell the Texans, they'll be glad to think they have a shot at being No. 1 again.

Cassie

Steve Buchheit said...

Well, if Alaska gets warmer things will start expanding, which will put Texas even farther behind.