Just one more day remains until the long weekend. It’s a three-day long weekend and for government employees and some select private sector ones it’ll be a four-day long weekend.
I always say that I’ll take the Monday off and use a vacation day but I never do, partially because I want to hoard my vacation time for when I really need it. Oh well, since lots of people at work will take Monday off anyways, if I go to work, it should be a quiet day and that won’t be so bad.
There’s a good chance I’ll be working late a few days of the week soon. I worked late one evening last week. For dinner, we could basically choose anything from Skip the Dishes within $15, give or take a dollar or two. Our team, however, suggests three restaurants a week that we should order from, just to make the logistics a bit easier.
I ordered some Indian food and it was damn delicious. I had butter lamb with naan bread. It arrived on time and my food was still hot and tasty. It’s never great to have to work late but at least the food is good.
About two years ago, management decided to renovate some of the older parts of the studio, including the lobby area, which is the first thing visitor see when they walk in. As part of the renovations, they put in a video wall to showcase our city, the studio, and the people who work in the studio.
I remember there was an open “casting call” for employees to come get their picture take for the video wall. It was understood that your photo would be used to showcase who worked at EAV and would be visible to anyone coming through the lobby. I think it took a while for enough people to volunteer to get sufficient photos for a collage.
Anyways, about two weeks ago, a co-worker of mine mentioned to me that there was a guy in the collage in the video wall who was photographed in a “Brazzers” sweatshirt. I thought that was pretty funny, so on a coffee break, we strolled out into the lobby area so I could see for myself. We stood in front of the video wall for a few minutes, with my camera ready to take a photo. I almost missed it but I captured the guy above. Sure enough, it’s a dude wearing a black hoodie with the “Brazzers’ logo emblazoned on front. Look, there’s no doubt people in any company look at porn but to have it advertised this way so publicly is a bit embarrassing. How did this even get past editorial control? Several people would have had to seen this photo and each of these people would have had to allow the photo get to the next phase of making into the collage.
This employee photo might have been up there for up to two years so I decided to maybe HR should know about this. It’s also super convenient that HR is located right next to the video wall itself. So, with picture in hand, my co-worker and I marched into the HR offices. There were three HR ladies there and it was at this point I realized I would have to admit to them that I knew what “Brazzers” was. Whoops, maybe I should have let me co-worker talk instead. I pressed on however and said, “Hello. I have a photo here of someone on the video wall who is wearing a sweatshirt with the logo of a pornographic company on it. I wasn’t aware that this company even existed until today, let alone their business function but I was told that’s what they do. Maybe we should not have his photo on the wall.“
I don’t think those ladies bought it but they did ask to see the photo. As soon as they looked at the photo, they knew someone else had to take action. They called for someone more senior to come speak to me. A few minutes later, another HR person arrived, and again, I had to explain what I saw and that I didn’t know what “Brazzers” was until today. They said they would definitely take care of this.
It’s been weeks now and I don’t know if that photo has been removed. How long was that up?
This feels like it has been a long week. I’m very tired and have woken up each morning feeling like I could sleep for another three hours. The good thing is it’s Friday tomorrow. Time for some sleeping in soon.
I had one of those odd days where I had to poop three times but I wasn’t sick or ill. I simple had that much poop in me. I went once before lunch. Then right before I left work I went again. I then had my final poop after I got home.
I didn’t feel ill or had any gastrointestinal problems all day. I suppose I was just really backed up. Thanks for reading about my bowel habits.
Today I tried something new for lunch. Instead of my regular turkey sandwich on cranberry bread, I tried some sorta pork loin in pita bread with melted mozzarella cheese. It looked good but it wasn’t great either. It was basically “meh”. The pork loin was kinda dry and tasteless, like it wasn’t marinated or seasoned before cooking. The whole sandwich was just bland in general. I’m going back to my dependable turkey tomorrow.
The power was out at work for over two hours today. I waited for about 30 minutes before I decided to go home. While I was at home I saw the power was back on and my work computer was up and running again. I could have just stayed at home and continued to work there but the thing I was testing really required me to be at work. So, I made the decision to go back to work.
While I was at home I was able to poop, eat lunch, and relax a bit. On the way back to work I grabbed a coffee and made it a leisurely commute. I was able to spend three more hours at work and I was even moderately productive.
I discovered this weekend that I accidentally burned myself with that hot water bottle I was using on my back at night. I sorta did two things that they warn you not to do with a hot water bottle. You’re not supposed to use really hot water in it. I wasn’t dumb enough to use purely boiling water but I did mix some boiling water with colder water to ensure the ensuing mix was hot enough. I guess I didn’t use enough cold water or I used too much boiling water. Second, you’re not really supposed to put the hot water bottle directly on your skin. It’s best done over a towel, blanket, or an item of clothing. I used it under my sleep shirt, right on my skin.
So dummy me only discovered I actually did have a burn when I looked at my back in the mirror. It didn’t hurt at all, so I wasn’t even aware of it. I contorted my body to get a picture of it and it looked like a minor burn. I did remember on Thursday evening that the bottle was extremely hot on that portion of my back, enough so that I had to quickly pull it off at one point. That’s must be when and where it burned me.
The good news is that my back no longer is sore and I haven’t had to use the hot water bottle for three days now. If I have to use it again, I will try not to burn myself in the process.
This morning was the first time all week where I was able to sleep until my alarm without my back waking me up first in pain. The hot water bottle I’ve been putting on my back when I go to bed might be helping. Or it maybe doing nothing, who knows.
Perhaps I’m on the mend now. Someone I know suggested I see a chiropractor. I don’t think I want to do that.