Captain’s Log 5,181
The budget passed in 10 minutes yesterday. Gone are the days of one member holding up approval for 6-8 MONTHS. We breezed through it and now I have a working document to use for grants, etc.
Not rocket science
I managed to keep health care 100% free for all full-time employees. It’s the only perk we have. No 401 K plan, no pension, no pre-tax cafeteria plan for medical or dental costs, etc. We only get six paid holidays. And with the changes in the city code for sick time, that might also get whacked. The museum used to offer 12 days. Then, a new law cut it to 6. And now the law wants to cut it to 5. I am vigorously opposing this. I never even come close to using my sick time every year, but there are employees who need that kind of flexibility. Apparently, the new law was drafted because employers don’t trust their employees. So they want sick time to accrue like vacation. According to the new law, you can accrue 100’s of hours of sick time, but you can only use 40 in one 12-month period. It is stupid beyond even simple reason. Why have a generous sick time policy if the law won’t allow you to use it?
I thought I was going to get a “skate day” at work today. Skate days are times when I can dress down and be casual. Unfortunately, the mayor has called a press conference this morning and all directors have been asked to attend, so I cannot show up in Capri pants and sandals. I have to look the part. Ugh.
I was watching the show about Jazz last night. She is transgender and is now going through teen years. Interesting dynamics. She has such a loving family. Many kids going through this experience are struggling with family acceptance.
Can you imagine sending this sweet little thing to the men’s room in North Carolina?
I am really looking forward to a 3-day weekend. I don’t know why this matters so much to me, but I am excited. I think having 3 new Stephen King books arrive from Amazon might have something to do with it.
Some of my best friends have now become Hillary haters. How sad that they don’t see the bigger picture. They see what is dangling in front of their noses. If they don’t participate in the process, what dangles in front of those noses might be Donald Trump for 4 years. Some folks are saying that it would be better to have Trump flop around in Washington for 4 years that it would be to elect Hillary. I wish they could understand that 4 years with a madman could lead to another world war. If Trump is elected, he will not flop around. He will cause amazing damage to our systems. Mexico will become an enemy. I know there are people who would probably like that. How sad. I truly believed we had evolved spiritually enough to see the power of diversity. Guess not.