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Tuesday

Things I learned: I am decent at taking very upset people and calming them down and getting sense out of them. Things I am not good at: when I understand something in my head but not in my mouth, and I try to explain it? If the person on the other end of the phone is already cranky and impatient, that makes them more so. I felt like about a million dollars (in the hole) on that one.

Whacked through e-mail at the second job pretty fast. Got updates downloaded and saved where they belong. Answered some immediate concerns on the stats project. Only put in 2.5 hours because it was the end of the month and everything was shutting down; I estimated an exit time and stuck to it. More Thursday. There is ungodly lots to get done on that thing. Pandora's Box.

Tuesday is teriyaki bowl day. We have a choice of obtain-our-own-lunch, or either beef or chicken, with or without vegetables. If I'm going to the secondary job after I finish with the primary job, I get two -- one for lunch, one for supper. I've learned my lesson about running without fuel.

I've also learned my lesson about not having water as well as coffee on the floor. That gets me a little too edgy, and I need a deep well of calm as well as that level of energy. I'm also going to start building up a core of loyal clients, because loyal clients are a good thing when you give good tech support. QA likes me so far. Now I need to work on my selling-stuff-fu.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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