Work ... I haz it
Spiral
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This may be the closest to burn out that I have ever reached. I'm tired of the project, the deadlines and the stupidity of many of the people I must work with. If I can just make it to April 10th without killing anyone I may be able to come up for air.

Arrrgh!

And the ground shall tremble
Spiral
prairie_dweller
Yep. We sat on top of a magnitude 3.4 earthquake this morning. Very near the epicenter as it turns out.

The facts

An odd liminal time
Spiral
prairie_dweller
In the last week I have traveled to Ft. Leavenworth to work for a few days, came back to Oklahoma but stopped in Oklahoma City to be with my family at the American Choral Directors Association national convention and now as I write this I am in the hotel, packed, waiting for my ride to the airport to catch a flight to <ahref="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/orlando,_florida">Orlando</a>.

It has really been a week of unsettled existence, outside of any schedule that one might consider normal or familiar. Being in the Kansas City area such a short time did not allow me to get comfortable in either my place or time. The same with the few days I have been in OKC. If I am lucky, staying the week in Orlando may allow me to catch up to myself. AND we won't even mention the time change thrown in today.

So, in essence I am suffering from an extended liminal phase stuck as I am in a revolving existence, moving from one unstable calendar to the next.

WHOA! Just as I was typing this our hotel either suffered an earthquake, an incredible structural fault or a disturbance related to nearby Tinker AFB. The walls shook and the building physically moved beneath me. There doesn't seem to be a noticeable alarm being raised but that was odd!

ACDA National Honor Choir ... Woo Hoo
Spiral
prairie_dweller
The drive from Kansas City to Oklahoma City was uneventful. Though I am often chastised for doing so, I read while I drive long boring distances so I was able to read a small book on scene painting.

It is much too warm in OKC. Yesterday was in the upper end of the 80s. Today will be a bit cooler but still unseasonably warm. Quite a contrast to the ice and snow that dominated my environment in Kansas City during the early part of the week.

I am staying in Oklahoma City through Sunday morning to be with the kids attending the American Choral Directors Association National Honor Choir. Between our high school and middle school, we have 7 students attending. By far the biggest representation in the Oklahoma delegation. Obviously we are very proud of our kids. They have been rehearsing since Wednesday morning and they will perform twice on Saturday.

While the kids are in rehearsal I sit at my laptop trying to get some programming done.

Reading and resting
Spiral
prairie_dweller
Work has been less than productive so far on this trip. I really must challenge a few people to excel today or face the possibility of having traveled all this way to accomplish very little. It is a very frustrating state of being.

While work has been troubling, my evening in the hotel was very restful. After a quick dinner I settled into bed with a textbook on set design. Hopefully the quiet evenings combined with plenty of rest will help me kick this crud that is living in my lungs.

Oh Baby It's Cold Outside
Spiral
prairie_dweller
The ground is covered in snow and the temperatures are painfully cold here in Kansas City. Wasn't it in the 70-80F range just a few days ago?

Yesterday's drive into Kansas City, while long, was uneventful. Driving is not something I enjoy and any distance requiring more than 3 hours is a true chore. Getting from Lawton to KC requires nearly 7 hours and I am comatose from boredom when it is finished.

Today I head to Fort Leavenworth and the National Simulation Center to do some testing of my software ahead of next week's trip to Orlando where the software will be tested in a larger federation.

A Very Cold Start
Spiral
prairie_dweller
So March starts off with a very cold note here in Oklahoma with the current temperature hovering near 30F and the wind leaves you feeling like 25F.

We wrapped up The Music Man at MacArthur High School yesterday evening. The kids did a great job with their last performance and the crowd, including a few seasoned theatre fans, was very pleased with the results. While the cast ran off to have pizza in celebration, I and the other dads that had acted as backstage crew stayed around to strike the set. If my memory serves me well we drove away from the school around 1230 am.

Today, after I unload all the lumber from the bed of my pickup, I must drive to Kansas City. For the first few days of this week I will be working at Fort Leavenworth, doing some software development and testing ahead of next week's formal integration event in Orlando. The drive will be long and boring but should be a nice change of pace from the last few weeks spent at the school building sets.

Sadly, I must report that my sickness lingers into what will soon be its third week. The influenza seems to have passed but I fear that I am now suffering a respiratory ailment of some sort. My fingers are crossed that a slowing of my daily schedule this week will provide me time to rest and recover completely.

Should have done better
Spiral
prairie_dweller
I don't see nearly enough ADF members listed among this season's DANAC winners.

Are we not being fertile? Not academic? Lacking inspiration? One would hope with our many guilds, study programs, etc. that we might be better represented.

Hmmmmm ....

Happy Birthday!
Spiral
prairie_dweller
Here's wishing all the best for you as you start off on a whole new year of life. I hope Canada treats you well on your special day!

I'm so old that I am new again
Spiral
prairie_dweller
I've actually started hanging out a bit in the MW chatroom. Not a lot of talking in there yet, but at least there are some regular lurkers and the chatroom actually exists. For a while it seemed to disappear every time an update was made to the site.

What strikes me as so funny, is that on occasion someone drops into the room and asks if I am "new". I will get comments like "Haven't seen you on here before." Generally I don't bother explaining that no I am not new, if fact I am very old. It's easier just to let them welcome me as a fresh face.

I imagine this would be the same experience once would have returning to your hometown after an extended absence.

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