even though this is my space I really dislike using it to bitch about work. Well this time I’m not going to bitch so much as share some thoughts and try to put together the situation as best I can. What came to me this morning at 316am was that basically I’m just not feeling supported in my job. The lead for my team hands down pronouncements without being involved in the day to day or worse will ask me my preferences when he has already decided a course of action regardless of what I would want. My coworker says exactly two words to me on a daily basis, unless I engage her. These words are hello and goodbye and they arrive fresh from her lips almost exactly 7 hours apart from one another. There is no engagement, no discussion about what’s going on issue-wise, not even a fained interest in each others welfare. Yesterday when I approached my supervisor about the whole “asking me what I want when you already decided thing” I got a generally dismissive response. Is it any wonder then that I am feeling more and more like the “IT water-boy”. My knowledge, which has been and could continue to be useful to the whole Human Services department is now being disregarded more and more. I have become less and less involved in the direction that my department is moving now that the lead is calling all the shots without my involvement. I’m feeling isolated and unsupported and significantly less satisfaction from my job. Further there is a double-standard going on, as an example I was told I would have to go to one of the other sites, despite specifically saying I absolutely did not want to go when asked if I would like to. I countered with the offer to remotely assist folks if they should need it or to send the temp that was filling in for my coworker who’s job it was to go to this site in the first place. I was told I would not be allowed to do this and that I and nobody else must go to the site. My coworker had been scheduled to go to yet another site we service and was allowed to do the exact thing I had requested and was told I wasn’t allowed. I can handle going from 2 1/2 people (2 full-time and 1 half-time) people on staff to just myself and my coworker. It is all of this other stuff that is keeping me awake at night and causing me increased anxiety and stress. It is for all of these reasons that I want out of there badly. I would rather things change and would be willing to be a part of that but really I don’t think in my heart of heart that they are going to. There is a consolidation within the Cities IT core going on and as a result my time at HSD is going to be ending in January of 07 anyway. Those remaining behind really would have to ask why bother when the department is going away eventually anyway. So I’m looking for another job with either the county state or federal government that way my time earned towards vesture (and benefits) isn’t lost.


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Bracing for snow


The snow is falling around us, but most of it hasn’t reached the ground yet.


– Is it snowing where you are?
There’s a lot of precipitation aloft, but dry air between us and the clouds is so far absorbing the moisture, said Allen Kam, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Once that dry air has wet its whistle enough, snow should start coating the region, accumulating up to 2 inches by tonight throughout the Puget Sound metro area, Kam said.

Downtown Seattle and waterfront areas will get less snow because of stubborn warm air.

Mountain passes will likely get the most snowfall on Friday, when winds drive the current system east.

Expect sporadic rain and snow showers into Sunday evening with the heaviest potential for Saturday. Temperatures are likely to rise toward the end of this week.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Behind The Scenes

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by Rick Goldschmidt

We all love A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS and HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, but no one’s nose has shined longer or brighter than that of the RANKIN/BASS “Animagic” classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.

Premiering on NBC December 6th, 1964, RUDOLPH has become the longest running, highest rated television special in the history of the medium. “At first Johnny Marks (composer of the classic song) didn’t want to do the special,” says Arthur Rankin. “He was very protective of the song. The song provided a very large income to Marks and he was afraid that over exposure of the hit song might interfere with it’s success as a popular song. He was a neighbor of mine at the time and I eventually persuaded him to do the show and he wrote s

Squirrels kill dog

David Pescovitz:
A pack of squirrels at a park in the Lazo village of Russia’s Maritime Territory reportedly ganged up on a stray dog that was barking up at them in the trees. Witnesses say the squirrels jumped down, attacked the dog, and killed it. From the BBC News:

“They literally gutted the dog,” local journalist Anastasia Trubitsina told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

“When they saw the men, they scattered in different directions, taking pieces of their kill away with them.”

Mikhail Tiyunov, a scientist in the region, said it was the first he had ever heard of such an attack.

While squirrels without sources of protein might attack birds’ nests, he said, the idea of them chewing at a dog to death was “absurd”.

“If it really happened, things must be pretty bad in our forests,” he added.

Link (Thanks, Paul Saffo!)