Nixon's Memoirs: December 2004

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Ice is back with my brand new invention

Okay, it was actually the same ice, but it prevented me from getting to work last night. I felt bad about it, because the folks working on Saturday were not only giving up their Christmas, but they also had to work all day Sunday. They were going to have to sleep at work anyway, but I really wanted to get there so they could sleep a little easier.

It wasn't to be, however, as I almost had a head on collision, and almost went off the road before pulling into a Wendy's parking lot and calming myself down. I had my mother-in-law's cell phone thank goodness, and called work and home, which helped me decide to just try to get back home. The road to my workplace is a very hazardous one.

The weather is supposed to be fine today, so it should be no trouble going in. I'm going to go in early.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Ice Ice Baby!

Right up until Thursday morning, the plan was looking like a good one. The wife and I had drove to Memphis from Little Rock Monday morning, and had an excellent time of it. There was but one small delay at security when the screener mistook my electric toothbrush for a screwdriver and asked to look in my bag. I readily agreed that he could look in it, but his supervisor overrode him, correcting his error.

We had a spectacular time in Atlanta. We saw the Center for Social Change, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr's tomb, and the National Parks Museum devoted to him. We also visited Underground Atlanta, The World of Coca-Cola (just the gift shop though, as we were constrained for time) Discover Mills Mall, which is 1.3 million square feet of retail outlet stores, and a lot of more personal memory spots.

We got to see my father, step-mother, brother, and an old friend from Little Rock who moved to Atlanta a couple of years ago.

Then came Thursday morning.

The travel advisories all sounded horrific, a winter storm had struck Memphis AND Little Rock, in addition to places North and South. We thought surely it would all be salted and sanded by the time we arrived Thursday afternoon.


The flight to Memphis was made exciting by a drunken woman of Hispanic origin who talked on her cell phone in flight, talked loudly with the flight attendants, smelled like a brewery, and invited the poor young man next to her to her home in Memphis to... well, it rhymes with "puck".

It took over 45 minutes to claim our bags in the Memphis airport's ratty and dirty baggage claim area. We had to go to two different carousels, and deal with some REALLY pushy people, who insisted that THEIR bags would come out first, and therefore, they should be in the spot I was standing in. I actually was unable to grab my bag the first time it came around, because of the people crowding me.

Then we hit the parking lot.

Sheet of ice.

So was I-240, so was I-55.

We tried to exit for over an hour, but our turn signal only seemed to indicate to those behind us that they should speed up next to us, then slow down so we could neither get past them, nor drop back behind them in order to get over.

We finally made it to a Ramada Limited in West Memphis, checked in, then walked to a nearby Kroger for supplies. On our next trip through the lobby, there were lots of people begging for room, but they were totally booked.

We left at 10am Friday morning, and though the roads were still icy, the roads were less crowded, so we managed to make it to I-40. I lost count of the number of cars and semi-trucks in the ditches. We stopped for one, because I saw a baby in the back seat, but couldn't determine if the parents were there. Others also stopped, and the first one to the car (okay, I'm slow) told the rest of us that they were all fine, had the heater going, and had called 911 and a wrecker was on the way.

We made it into Jacksonville about 2pm (four hours from Memphis to Little Rock is a LONG time) and picked up my mother-in-law, who had made a long journey from Hawaii, via Detroit, and had to stay in a hotel last night as well. We made it home with her, and my brother-in-law, then braved the weather one last time for a Wal-Mart run.

Now, it is Christmas eve, we are entrenched in our warm home amongst family, watching the Hawaii Bowl (Go Warriors!) on TV, and cooking a nice meal. The Christmas tree is lit, the stockings are hung, and I am thankful to God, for I am truly blessed.

Merry Christmas to all, from Nixon's Memoirs!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Rainy night in Georgia

The wife and I are visiting my father and step-mother in Georgia from (yesterday) until Thursday. So, if no blogging occurs, you'll know I'm out at Stone Mountain, or in downtown Atlanta shopping, or something fun like that. Merry Christmas to all!

Thursday, December 16, 2004

More cheer

Thankfully, my wife's car was easily repaired, as it was a problem with the fuel filter. The cost was at the limit of what our budget could stand, but at least we didn't have to look into another car.

I took my wife to work (it doesn't sound right if I say I took my wife to school) Wednesday morning, and then scurried back to Little Rock to make it to my team meeting. After the meeting, we did a "Dirty Santa" gift exchange. These have always gone badly in the past. Two years ago I got re-gifted with the present I had brought the year before. Three years ago I got a jar of peppers, and last year was O.K. when I ended up with a table hockey game.

This year went very well, everyone kept the gift they opened, nobody stole an item, and everyone was happy with what they got. I ended up with a collection of gourmet coffee. I couldn't have picked out a nicer gift, seeing as I work overnights.

I picked my wife up in the afternoon, and we went and got her car. Today, her job (school) is having a faculty Christmas party with food and door prizes, so I'll be going to that. When we get home, we're going to try and force ourselves to send out the Christmas cards that have been sitting on the dining room tables, along with stamps and address labels, for two weeks now.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Christmas cheer

Kind of a rough week this week. Last Thursday, I asked about 6-8 people to work for me from 3-11p so I could attend my wife's Wind Symphony concert, and not one person wanted to do it. So, I walk in Thursday at 2:50, totally ticked off, and what do I walk into? A freaking power struggle between one of our patients, and a staff member.

So, I clock in, then I wait until that staff member decides to remove himself from the situation, which is how you avoid a power struggle. We talk the kid into walking to the "quiet room" by himself, but three minutes later, bammo, we have to tackle him.

That pretty much set the tone for the whole day Thursday. That night I found out that my wife's car broke down on her way to the concert, but luckily she got a ride with a friend of ours.

I worked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday overnight, and the whole time I was at work, I was sucking down coffee, fighting off sleepiness, and daydreaming of being in bed. Sunday a kid ripped off the cover to his room's sprinkler and tried to cut his throat with it, so he was back on "eyeball" precaution Sunday night. It's a pain to do, because you have to sit there and just stare at the dude 24/7.

So today, I rode home with my co-worker, because my wife had my vehicle, and I had my wife's car towed to Jai's European Auto at about 5pm. So, they'll get to look at it first thing in the morning.

The good news is, I don't have to be back at work until 11pm Friday night, as I took Thursday off. Thank goodness someone was willing to work it this week. But, I have to get up extra early tomorrow to take my wife into work, then I have a huge list of errands to run, including paying my speeding ticket from back in October, renewing my car tag, getting the towing fee reimbursed from the insurance agency, and doing some Christmas shopping for a couple of the patients. The agency gives us $100 for each kid, and we've got their Christmas lists.

I've taken note that none of you, my loyal readers, have entered the Deadpool2005 contest yet. I'd like to encourage you to do so, as it could mean a nice little Amazon gift card for me next Christmas if I win the referral contest. So pick those doomed souls today, and tell them "Nixon Casablanca" sent ya!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Morbid Amusement: TheDeadPool2005

Yes, I agree, there is a certain morbidity in competing for money by trying to correctly guess which celebrities will assume room temperature in 2005, but I couldn't resist the urge to try it.

There is also a side contest for who refers the most people to the contest, so, if you follow the link and submit a list, be sure and tell them "Nixon Casablanca sent me."


My picks are at the bottom right of the blog, and you are free to use any of my picks, of course, as there is no rule about repeats. However, you may have a better sense of who is facing impending doom this year than I do.

This is not to say I am wishing any of these fine people I've named to kick the bucket, and truly hope that my final score is "0" at the end of next year, but winning that referral contest would be sweet.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Oh I wish...

Not that I'm trolling for gifts by any means, but I see these wish lists all over, so I felt compelled to make one.

It's on my profile, should you care to laugh at it. :D

On the good chance you're a family member, or the odd chance you're someone with lots of disposable income who enjoys my blog, feel free to take a look.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Nothing new to report.

I'm still working some overtime this week, which is why I haven't been on the blog much, finally getting a day off "today", though I worked overnight last night and will sleep most of it away.

Work has been quite stressful lately, with one patient in particular who is refusing his meds, and REALLY needs them. He's being quite a pain.

Sleepy sleepy sleepy.


Wednesday, December 01, 2004

All is well

I just haven't had anything to Blog about recently, kinda of ho-hum really. We put up the Christmas decorations on Saturday, and that was lots of fun, big tree in the living room, a little one on the dining room table, and one here in the computer room that shows up on my new web cam.

I bought the web cam Friday morning after I got off work, I walked in to Radio Shack at about 6:30, there were 10 employees and I was the only customer. You could tell they were expecting a crowd they didn't receive.

Thanks for the show of concern, and I'm sure I'll come up with something good soon. Brokaw and Rather are leaving, which is great news.

The wife and I went to Christmas With The Kranks, because she had read "Skipping Christmas" and though it would be good. It stank.

Saw National Treasure with a buddy today, pretty darn good, I may do a review on it later.

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