Captain’s Log 5,570
A Confederacy of Dunces. They proved themselves once again. Yesterday’s meeting with the Confederacy resulted in raised voices, demoralizing remarks, petty accusations, people not taking ANY responsibility for their behavior (again), and a mass exodus before I had a chance to speak my piece. Or is that speak my peace (which is what I wrote initially). The fearless leader sat there and let everything escalate to the boiling point. Sad to see “professional” adults act that way. The bullies triumphed yesterday. They are taking over because they are being allowed to do so. Long story short, I need to schedule an appointment with some of those folks to state my wishes. Yesterday’s train wreck was NOT the moment. They were too involved in their own ego-driven crapfest.
I shot the famous Poolie Stare across the table at my biggest foe just to see what would happen.
Has your blood turned to ice yet? LOL!
That is the “teacher look” that I perfected over the years. Funny as it may seem, most people cannot return this look. My foe tried and my foe did not triumph. Within 10 seconds, my foe’s eyes were averted. I just held the look so when my foe glanced up, AHA! The beams of disgust shooting from eyes were still firing. I did this for at least 90 seconds. That is eternity in the world of stare-downs. My foe could not admit defeat by saying, “Stop looking at me like that!” Because….that would have acknowledged the level of discomfort I had caused. A loose interpretation would be….DEFEATED! It was my only moment of silent hilarity all day. Some days, you take what you can get. Dammit.
I went to another tw0-hour meeting after my three-hour debacle with the Confederacy. So….by the time I got home, I was willing to eat cold food from the fridge without even plating it or trying to make it look nice. I was so tired that even the new AARP magazine looked interesting. Yes, I joined AARP because I like getting free stuff. I like belonging to groups that sound like harbor seals in rut when you say the name out loud. AARP! AARP! AARP!
Four more days of work before I leave! A week from today, I will be in Chicago with my friend! We are going to putter around for the day and get ready to leave for Amsterdam on Friday. We need to be at the airport about 1:00 PM on Friday. Flight leaves around 4:00 PM. They will feed us and hope we go to sleep. We arrive in Amsterdam at 7:00 Saturday morning. My traveling companion is going to take Ambien about two hours into the flight. Eeek! I be askeered of stuff like that. She offered me some, but I don’t think I it would be a good idea to take Ambien for the first time on a trans-Atlantic flight. What if I hallucinated? What if I had an Ambien moment and thought I could fly the damn plane? We upgraded our seats to Economy Plus which means we have more room for legs. If I can stretch out a bit more in the seat, I can probably sleep without too much trouble. No Ambien!
Economy Plus seating. Just enough of a change to make life bearable on a long flight. With my long legs, I need all the help I can get!
We can crawl over each other without too much difficulty. And I think there are only two seats in our row. Sweet! We have the same seats on both flights. Sweet! I ordered vegetarian food and my friend ordered something like Middle Eastern vegan. It will be interesting to see what we get!
We are also going to use the Museumkaart. It’s a pre-paid pass to get into 34 different museums in the Amsterdam area. It will cost us about $65 in US dollars, but the savings are amazing! And it’s good for a whole year. Hmmmm……. Another trip perhaps? We can see the Anne Frank House, a maritime museum, a diamond museum, the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum, and even the palace! Yes, I think another trip might be in order….before the cards expire.
Isn’t this the coolest thing???
So I guess I have frittered away enough time here this morning. Duty calls….again.