Random Thoughts as Life and Events Unfold.

This week was challenging.  I'm glad it's over.  Nothing worth big drama, just a lot.

My adjuvant treatment, for gastric sarcoma, leaves me fatigued.  I function well at work, in the morning.  On hard days, I start to crash-land late morning.  On moderate days, I crash-land mid afternoon.  I can keep going until the end of the schedule.  But it leaves a lot of "homework" and it takes a day to recover.

Three years ago, a "team" of managers harassed me into leaving for another position.  Malicious gossip, ganging up, isolating, character assassination - I had thought about legal intervention - for libel - but in the end, moving on was the way to go.  Let go, get over it, live well, forget it.  Which I've done.  Two of those managers were demoted, but one remained and ultimately has been promoted.  This week I learned there will be a change of management at my current place. And the current, excellent manager is retiring, and a replacement is needed.  The "ringleader" of that former "clique" applied for the job.  After a lot of thought and missing sleep, I went to upper management and told them, I know it's wrong to say if she comes, I quit - but they need to know the repercussions.  They have a lot of choices in managers.   So we will see.  I hate, truly honestly hate, workplace politics.  Where I am now, I think I'm well liked, people are respectful, work together, and care about one another.  It's a stressful, hard job, but there are days i look forward to going to work.

The rains started this week.  Summer almost over.  That means, less watering, and the trees and shrubs I planted will settle in.  Some winter prep ahead.   I tire too much to do it right.  But some is better than none.  I will like having the grass grow again, even with the need for mowing.

The newest batch of chickens is laying eggs now.  One of the older hens manages a "prison break" every few days.  I still haven't figured out how she escapes.  One day the neighbor told me, her Pomeranian was fighting through the patio door,, with a brown hen on the other side pecking at the glass.  Are any of my hens brown?  Ummmmm   yes.  Our property is split, one acre on one side of the road, the other acre across the road.  My partner housed the new pullets across the road, to grow bigger and not be murdered by the aggressive older hen - the one of Pomeranian-fighting fame.  This week, said hen was missing.  I looked in the yard, the neighbors yard....   no where.  Gave up.  Went across the road to feed the new hens.  Collected 3 eggs, then saw movement under a tree.  It's her!  Tried to herd her back to her henhouse.  No cooperation.  Went back across the road to get a rake - helpful for herding chickens.  Then saw her, she returned on her own.  Across 2 fences and a road.

Damn chicken!  But actually, impressive.  Just stay out of the Zucchinis and Peppers and Irises.

Lots of fresh tomatoes now.  I love the black varieties.  We had another one this year, "Hawaiian Pineapple".  So good.  And all of those cherry tomatoes.

I hope wee don't go to war in Syria.  I hate to say this, but I don't think it will do any good.  Afghanistan - are they better?  Iraq?  I don't know about Libya.  Egypt - a mess.  Why would Syria turn out any better?

Loyal, aging dog at my feet.  Achy, limpy, slow.  I have to lift him into the car.  So why, when I leave a can of cat food on the kitchen counter, or a slice of pizza, does he manage to steal that?  The cat-food-fairy gives it too him?

Life continues to unfold.  It's not bad.  Glad I'm not in Syria. 

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2013 at 6:54am

I can relate to hating workplace politics Sentient.  I hate it also, even though I've not had near the troubles you've had.

Funny story about the prison-break hen.  Let us know when you find-out how she does it.

Comment by Anthony Jordan on September 6, 2013 at 1:33am

Great post Sentient. I really enjoyed that small look into your life. You're a great guy, and I feel bad for the troubles you've had at your previous place of employment. I wish the very best for you man. And one more thing, you do have a great way with words. Thanks for posting this. It somehow both lifted my spirit and made me feel a little sad.

"Sympathy: Your pain in my heart". Be well my friend.

Comment by Daniel W on September 3, 2013 at 4:54pm

Thank you Randall and Matthew. 

This blog post does touch on one of the great existential questions of all time.

"Why did the chicken cross the road?"

Unfortunately, even though she crossed the road twice, the only answer I have to date is, she wanted to get to the other side.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 2, 2013 at 7:53am

My kind of blog!  I seldom read "atheism" posts, if you know what I mean. Human interest "personals" tie us all together. Yes, we all have something in common, but it's our daily lives and activities and are fun to share and read. For me, living alone, this site is my place to relate life's happenings. So, despite the content-- your health, work environment, and chicken problems, we get an insight into your daily existance. I love it! Here's hoping everything will turn out for the best. Keep us informed. (Where's a "thumbs up" emoticon when you need one?!)

Comment by Daniel W on September 1, 2013 at 11:29am

Sasquatch sighting this morning.  How did she get out again?

She ignores my dogs, and they ignore her.  If that can happen, we might have peace in the Middle East.  Then again, there's that Pomeranian.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2013 at 12:35pm

I got some good laughs reading about your poultry problems.  May that be the worst of your problems. 

Sounds like a delicious breakfast.  Mmmmm. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2013 at 10:39am

Cornbread with sundried tomatoes, jalapenos, and cheddar for breakfast.  A couple of eggs.  Some orange juice.

Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2013 at 10:38am


Yes.  It's good sometimes to take stock and sit back and think about what's important, and what's not, and what's pleasurable, and what's not too bad.

Comment by James M. Martin on August 31, 2013 at 10:09am

Yes, but isn't it nice to find the reality you hold in view with each new day just that: reality, not something controlled by a greybeard loon in the sky?  Your pastoral (you should pardon the pun) environment is conducive to what Bob Dylan ("the other Zimmerman") called "Watching the River Flow."  There is nothing better for the "soul," by which I mean the mind of a person who takes responsibility for his life, not justifying good and bad as part of a plan set in stone by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


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