Something that I ate late Saturday night has thrown off my gastrointestinal system all day and night on Sunday. I’ll spare you some of the details but all evening I’ve been extremely gassy.
It’s a good thing I’ve been by myself tonight, otherwise people in my presence would have been subjected to an olfactory onslaught. I gotta go to bed now and I’m a little worried about pooping my PJs while I sleep.
As some of you know, in past years, I’ve worked right up until the Christmas holidays. Most of employers shut down after Christmas Eve and we don’t come back until after the new year. It’s rare that Christmas Eve lands on a Friday, so there’s that odd short week where you kinda have to phone it in for a few days and then take off at lunch on Christmas Eve. A lot of people tend to just use their vacation days to start the break early. My thinking has been to save my vacation days and since lots of people are gone anyways, you can just pretty much do nothing for those days right before Christmas.
This year has been unlike any other in recent memory. I’ve also been working very hard since I started on my new team a few weeks ago. I also have lots of vacation saved up, close to six weeks now. As such, I’m gonna take four days of vacation during the week of Christmas. Christmas Day lands on a Friday this year. With that in mind, that means I only have three more weeks of work left in the year. After that, I get a full two weeks off before starting work again in 2021. Two weeks sounds nice but I can already tell it will fly by. On January 4, when I log back into my work computer again, I know I’ll be wondering if I should have taken a few more days off.
I hope everyone has the chance to take some time off at the end of December. I understand not everyone has that luxury but please do it if you can.
It’s been abundantly clear now that many, if not all, company holiday parties will not be happening this year. Well, my employer just announced what they’ll be doing instead for us employees. They plan on holding events on three separate days from 11am-6pm each day. This is a list of things that employees will get or participate in:
Alcohol Package Delivery
Uber Eats E-Voucher
Virtual Cooking Classes with Delivered Ingredients
Holiday Dance Classes for all abilities
Interactive Game Shows
Michael the Magician
Vancouver Theatre Sports Improv Show
#1 Worldwide Bestselling Online Show – Sangria and Secrets Drag Show
Holiday Storytelling Event
Daily Dress up themes
WFH Bingo : Holiday Edition
Of course, all of this voluntary and there is no pressure to partake in any of this. Employees are encouraged to do as little or as much as they want. Personally, I signed for a gin-based cocktail kit to be delivered to my home. I also signed up for a cooking class. I believe I’m getting ingredients for a chicken pot pie.
This is super nice of my employer to do this. As you might imagine from looking at this list, this took an amazing amount of planning, consideration, coordination, logistics, and of course, money. Remember that a couple thousand employees work in my particular location and these events need to scale up to that.
I feel lucky to be participating in this, given the circumstances here and worldwide.
I bought a super cheap tripod from Amazon that came with a smartphone mount. Using that, I was able to turn on the “astrophotography” mode on my Pixel 4a and took the above photo. I live in an urban area, so the light pollution is pretty bad and there were lots of clouds out tonight. Nevertheless, I was able to capture a few stars in the sky.
The results would be much better if I was in an area that had lower light pollution. I’ve seen some amazing photos using the same mode when people are away from the city. I’m not usually in the wilderness at night but if I am, I will take some great photos.
I took the above picture almost three weeks ago, on November 4, just a few days after Halloween. Someone had put up their Christmas tree and lights basically two months before Christmas Day. My first reaction was that it was too early for a tree to go up and for Christmas decorations to appear. That reaction stayed in my head for about ten seconds when I changed my mind.
This has been a very different and difficult year for many people. I don’t know what others have gone through in the last few months. We’re all just trying to survive and do our best until better days are here. If putting up a tree and lights a few weeks early can bring this family a little more joy in their lives, then I cannot blame them. I hope their holidays are as happy as they wish them to be.
We’re all trying to cope as best as we can and it’s important not to be critical about the little things right now.
This afternoon, the government of British Columbia introduced new restrictions to attempt to curb the direction of that the pandemic is going in this province. I welcome these new measures and while many in B.C. will whine, the restrictions aren’t even approaching the strictness that other jurisdictions are under. Some countries have locked down hard with severe penalties for those who don’t comply.
I’m of the opinion that we need to look at even more measures, with the some enforcement to back it up. It’s no good to list all the things you can’t do when there’s no one to keep people in line. The reason why we’re in this current predicament in the first place is because of morons who can’t or won’t get with the program.
This might be shaping up to be a pretty terrible holiday season.
Last week, my employer sent out an e-mail saying that they would no longer be accepting personal packages sent to the office. Beyond a specific date in the next two weeks, any such packages will be returned to sender.
Apparently the mail room is now running out of space because of all the packages stored since people started working from home. My question is, who is still sending packages to work when you can’t even get access to the studio? It’s been eight months now since all this started, you figure most people would have changed their shipping address on Amazon.
Speaking of work, there will undoubtedly be no holiday party this year. Since the company’s fortunes turned around 2013, we’ve had a party in either December or January. With the world the way it is now, there’s no way an event with 1000+ people would be possible. Well, in the grand scheme of things, a small sacrifice.
Through WarnerMedia today, Conan O’Brien announced he’ll be ending his current show on TBS on June 2021 and then moving to a weekly show on HBO Max, which is a streaming service. It’s unclear if his new show will feature an audience.
Given that his current gig will end in June 2021, there is some doubt if the United States will be in a position where he can safely bring back audience members by then. It will mark his twenty-eighth year of hosting a late night talk show, which is incredible. Given the changing landscape of television and the way we consume entertainment, it’s unlikely many will be able to match this feat.
A long time ago, when it was ok to go to offices in great numbers, Conan O’Brien listened to one of his employees complaints about the mens’ bathroom. Aaron Bleyaert did not like how the sink and the urinal were arranged. In the above video, Conan fixes the problem, like any good boss should.