Mostly harmless (corto) wrote,
Mostly harmless
corto

Thursday, October 16



A windy and gray in the world...
Sunshine sneaking in from time to time, just to say "hey"... but mostly, it's mid-october-with-the-bullet. :)

Today is all about making small choices.
Some harder than others.
Actually making them... not letting someone else.
And letting them run together and give off a little of the empowered vibe.

planning
~ not rushed in the morning... do the kids, get to work and make magic... well, ok, that might be overstating things a tad. :)
~ leave work at lunch and go downtown to the galactic core and hand in some expense reports...
~ come home and work on so stuff for a different client (my current Washington, DC gig)
~ now it's now... and after doing dinner stuff with the boys (zee is at the gym after work) and after geo gets back from swimming...
~ take a sad trip to visit Buster... one last time.
wishing
~ that sugar-bronze (bramey) is doing well.... a little bird told me that she's had her little nugget and that all is well. :) (Yeah!!)
~ for razzberee and her special needs friends... to get all the help they need. :)
~ and to send loads of lj love out to teasdale who's finished a final round of radiation... and who continues to be a supa-staaaaa :)

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Mad Consumerism...
aka "Making out like a bandit"
So I try to keep most of my work-clothes shopping to Moores. Good quality stuff, in fashion, not bad prices.
I love the shi-shi-poo-poo stuff in the shops with dumb names... but I pretty much leave that to gift giving and insurance claims.
I kinda live in a specific rotation of clothes for work, and two key components are these two very nice dress shirts; one beige-ish, and the other blue-gray. Both kinda have a "sheen" to them... "no iron" shirts... not cheep but bought on sale for about 60 each.
Bought one at least 8 months ago... the other (blue-gray)... 6 months.
The blue-gray one is showing some wear-and-tear on the edge of the cuffs. Nothing to notice but ... it will definitely begin to be noticeable soon.
I got an email-in-store-coupon from Moores yesterday... 25$ off anything.
So I wore the older shirt (beige-ish), which is showing no wear-and-tear btw, and brought the gray one.
I popped into Moores after visiting the galactic core, downtown.
Scan the store... see the manager... see the senior sales guy... see the new'ish looking younger girl-sales-person.
Approach the girl... nice meet-and-greet stuff and show her the coupon.
I tell her how much I like this type of shirt and that I'd like a white one.
She pulls two for me to compare and puts them on the counter.
I pull out the blue-gray one and asker about the cuffs, quickly giving her the background info.
I picked her because I know she will not be able to make a decision about something to do with customer satisfaction.
She calls manager dude over... who is being regarded by the senior sales guy. I can see the professional competitiveness in his eyes.
Manager dude tells me about how he owns two of this same shirt and has had the same problem... and I notice him seeing the new white shirts that are "on deck"
Manager: "It's likely your watch rubbing against..."
Corto: (lifting left arm up) "I don't wear a watch..." and "it's on both cuffs..."
M: "Well ... hmmm... when did you buy this?"
Sales Girl: "The one he's wearing is older..."
C: "Oh, I'm guessing but... six months ago?"
M: "See the stitching... it's different on the one your wearing..." (making excuses - and not giving an inch... impressing sales girl...)
C: "Yes... I see what you mean... I understand."
pause
C: "It just seems ... a bit unusual." (no it doesn't... but what the heck)
Sales guy steps a bit closer to see the cuff...
M: (showing off the power of his authority) "Well look... lets replace it..." (to sales girl) "Show him another one and we'll do a straight swap..."
So... I buy a white - gorgeous - dress shirt with the 25$-off-coupon and give them the eight month old dress shirt and get a brand spanking new - different designer (marginally better) darker-gray shirt. Two new shirts... total price... 26 and change. (they were on sale. :D)
Lesson: do your returns with junior staff and get their boss into "teaching mode" when you engage to negotiate. :)
LOL.

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The first pet that we got after the kids were born is a kitty named "Buster".
Geo manifested significant asthma when he was a little guy and we ended up having to give Buster to my brother.
She has lived with him for many years... we see her whenever we visit and both boys still casually list her when they are recounting our family members... "Mommy, Daddy, Georgie, Edward, Purrrrcy and don't forget Buster."
We got Purrrcy a couple of years ago.
Buster has pretty bad little-kitty-cancer. The tumor is messing with other organs... she's not in a good way.
In fact... the vet gave her some meds... to put a smile on her little kitty face... and afford her one more night.
Without the meds... she can't function - and she can't much on them either but she'll be not-in-pain.
So tonight is (sadly) life-lesson night.
We'll be heading over to my brothers house after swimming lessons for us all (boys included) to pay a final visit to Buster. :(
She'll be given her peace tomorrow.

/
Do you know carorules
I don't ... well, I do, sorta.
You know... as much as you "know" someone by holding a friendship here.
Here's what I know...
She's french... like... from quebec city, french.
She can communicate in both official languages better than I ever will.
She's got a heart a big as a small planet... sharing kind words of support and humour.
She's cute... kind... and honest.
She knows what fun is... and she's not afraid to have it.
She knows what a personal challenge is... and she's not afraid to face it.
I've met many wonderful women here... some play for one team... many play for the other.
And I truly believe little sugar-c... is more than just a wonderful girl no matter what team she's on.
To paraphrase T&S
I feel you in my heart... and I only sorta know you.
This makes me a fortunate. :)
~ just sharing.


K... gotta jet.
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