Sunday, June 24, 2007

Word List

Essential vocabulary additions for the workplace (and elsewhere)!!!
1. BLAMESTORMINGSitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
2.SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.
3.ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard .
4.SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.
5. CUBE FARM : An office filled with cubicles.
6.PRAIRIE DOGGING : When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.
7. MOUSE POTATO : The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.
8.SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What Yuppies get into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.
9.STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
10.SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
11.X-ROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.
12.IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are Annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them.
13. PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
14. ADMINISPHERE : The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.
15. 404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error Message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested site could not be located.
16. GENERICA : Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.
17.OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. (Like after hitting send on an email by mistake).
18.WOOFS: Well-Off Older Folks.
19. CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Refrigerator Art

We had such a good visit with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson this past weekend. And acquired some nice refrigerator art in the process.

Sunday, June 10, 2007


I have my Bass back --- with a new bridge: all spiffed up, polished, with small repairs to the dings on the shoulders, etc. Really looks good and sounds good. The instrument should do better this summer. The new, full house air-conditioning we had installed last summer should help control the humidity.

A good forage at the farmer's market yesterday. Broccoli crowns, Kale, Savoy Cabbage, Cheddar Cheese block, and Baby Lettuces. I used the Savoy Cabbage in the following slaw recipe last night: (actually, I used 1/4 recipe)

Herb and Fennel Slaw

2 medium Fennel Bulbs with tops
1 medium Cabbage head (about 8 cups), shredded
3 cups Italian Parsley Leaves
1 cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Sugar
1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon Dry Mustard
1/4 teaspoon Salt

To prepare the fennel, remove and snip green leafy tops from fennel bulbs. Set tops aside. Cut off and discard upper stalks from fennel. Remove any wilted outer layers from bulbs. Cut a thin slice from each fennel base; discard. Thinly slice fennel bulbs, removing the core.
In 2 very large bowls combine half of each of the sliced fennel, snipped fennel tops, cabbage, and parsley leaves. In a small bowl stir together mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, mustard, and salt until well combined. Add half of the mayonnaise mixture to cabbage mixture in each bowl, tossing to coat evenly. Cover and chill for 2 to 8 hours before serving.