A sunny morning. It is beautiful outside my windows, the morning sun is warm and nourishing.
I received news today that my relocation at work has been processed. This will be my last week working in the office with the negative coworker. I may accept an occasional work day at this office, but I won’t work an entire week in such an environment again; unless I’m starving and there are no other options at all. I have four more days to put in! March has been a very long month.
My new boss called me to congratulate me and welcome me to her office. We are off to an excellent start, I can feel it. There isn’t much work at the new office, but all of it will be in a pleasant atmosphere. It is also an atmosphere where quality is appreciated, even expected; things are well run, organized and predictable where they need to be. Oh happy day!
I have only 8 hours of work scheduled for the month of April. We will tighten our belts again. This comes at a wonderful time of year, with spring bursting onto the landscape. I need a bit of a rest; time to become reacquainted with myself, recover from my numbing month of March.
Attila and I have decided that television reception is not worth the annual cost, which is the equivalent of heating the house for most of the winter. We will cancel today, and have to pay for one more month of service. This was a difficult decision, particularly since we already lead a relatively isolated existence. The only channel we have watched since Christmas is The Weather Network, the rest of the programming is either uninteresting, too violent or aired at inconvenient times, so that we are ether away or fast asleep during the broadcast.
< Japan Nuclear Catastrophe >
For those readers who prefer not to read or think about events in Japan, I have encapsulated my comments on the Japan Nuclear Catastrophe so that this section of the journal / blog can be skipped over. The Catastrophe is on my mind constantly, as a conscientious Rural Geographer I am watching the destruction of landscape with horror and concern. My analytical bent is relentless, my training extensive and now ingrained.
I grew up on a farm, love the land, love the landscape and must express my concerns for our planet. If you map all the nuclear plants in the world, it is easy to visualize concerns for the long-term health of the planet. For some, thinking about these things is overwhelming, terrifying, frightening; for me, it is as natural and as necessary as breathing.
Here are the sources I visit every morning to review what is happening in Japan in relation to their nuclear catastrophe. Suffice it to say, there is no definitive source of reliable information available to the public anywhere on planet earth, just my opinion and I’m “just saying”, a common phrase I’ve been hearing a lot lately.
< /Japan Nuclear Catastrophe >
Condition: Not observed
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Humidity: 86 %
Wind: NW 11 km/h
Wind Chill: -8
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
1875 – 1961
Happy Dance re the job change!! I knew it had only to be a matter of time before you’d be out of there. You’ve paid your dues, baby!
I’m very worried about the nuclear fallout from Japan too, on top of all the other death and destruction. I wonder if big business and gov’t will now stop developing nuclear power? Of course not. We want our jobs too badly, apparently — here in Saskatchewan there are people who just want to pay their bills so let’s have that development, eh? And let those in the future (apparently we don’t give a shit about them, or about ourselves, beyond having food in our bellies — as if this is the only way!) pay the environmental cost. It makes me so angry that as a species we are such selfish, short-term thinkers.
Thanks for the happy dance Kate, LOL!
Human’s aren’t very good “large pack” animals, are we! As soon as our populations increase our ability for true progress regresses. Still, we are stuck with us! Gotta keep trying though.
TV-there are only a few real shows dh & I watch, NCIS, NCIS LA, Bones, then we go to the Food Network and HGTV! Then the movies and DVDs. I know the series deal with violent issues but rarely is the actual violence shown. Had to stop watching Criminal Minds because of the storylines. We like mystery types and the characters in these shows! Sometimes disagree about who done it! But fun to guess as show goes on.
Nuclear power-can be managed but too many short cuts being taken and being put in wrong spots!! Need to develop other resources-man takes path of least resistance like water-quick returns now, never mind cost later!
Our television service was basic, we didn’t received programs like the Food Network and HGTV, too bad.
I agree the science of nuclear power could be managed; the reality is that “to err is human”.
“Never mind the cost” is so apt. There are a lot of people in Japan, and in other areas like Chernobyl, that do mind the cost later. But their voices are small compared to the interests of industry and progress.