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Wednesday, December 21, 2021

Ah, nothing like having a freshly-sore throat wake you up after three hours of snooze. Even better when you’re the type who can’t fall back asleep once awoken.

I’m running out to get some cough drops. And some (more) caffeine, as I’m working for real money today. (Details on that later.)

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/21/2005 08:39:15 AM
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Tuesday, December 13, 2021

It’s been a couple of days now since I officially cut myself loose from the working world.

I think I’m already bored.

Bored enough to get back into the grind? Well, maybe not quite. But I must say, I’ve got an inkling of what former Disney chief executive Michael Eisner feels like these days:

Not surprisingly, in recent weeks Eisner has asked his retired friends what they do all day, confiding in one that after working out and reading the paper in the morning, he’s at a loss for how to spend his time.

So you could say I’m experiencing a less-grand version of Eisner’s life. Except, you know, without all the millions of dollars in assets and stuff. And a friend pointed out that, while I do read the paper every morning, I don’t work out (I don’t need to); so I have even less with which to occupy my time!

Maybe I could hook up with Eisner in whatever new venture he cooks up. Hey Mike, I’m available! Let’s do lunch. But be sure to check my cred beforehand.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/13/2005 06:57:18 PM
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Thursday, December 08, 2021

This morning, while passing by the security guard kiosk at work on the way to the elevators, I noticed something sitting on the unofficial lost-and-found countertop.

It was not one, not two, but three pairs of eyeglasses. Even in an office building with around a thousand people in it during the daytime, it’s rather unusual to see a hat-trick of items like that lined up. And not only did they all look practically brand-new, but they had very similar frames.

Is there an epidemic of people losing their specs around here? Maybe I’d better take extra-special care with mine, lest they go flying off my face.

UPDATE: Weirder and weirder: I just passed by the area again, on the way out to lunch… and there were five or six pairs of glasses there. Plus a carrying case for one of them!

I’m starting to wonder if there’s a scavenger hunt going on…

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/08/2021 08:44:59 AM
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Saturday, December 03, 2021

Despite doing pretty much nothing all day, I am fairly exhausted.

I actually compounded the problem by taking a nap this afternoon. I know from years of experience that I don’t do naps. “Power naps”, despite their supposed health benefits, don’t work on me. Far from recharging my physiological battery, they end up making me more tired, to the point where I’m so drained and disoriented that I might as well go to bed for the rest of the day/night.

But I was already fading out by then, and I foolishly thought it would revive me, or help me get my second wind. No dice.

I guess there are worse ways to wile away a Saturday night… But I’m hard-pressed to think of any right now.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/03/2021 09:04:03 PM
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Wednesday, November 16, 2021

Every week, my workplace offers up quickie massage sessions. A couple of professionals come in and administer 15-minute backrubs to all comers — fully clothed, of course. This ain’t a bordello!

There’s a new masseue on the scene, and this note that was emailed out earlier this week regarding her services amused me:

Denise will be located in the Human Resources Area - back the hallway, the last door on the right. She would like to remind you all to please not wear any perfume on Wednesday - her asthma is really bothering her this week. Also, please wear a smooth shirt.

Kind of picky for an office perk, isn’t it? I’d have to plan my wardrobe and grooming for the day around a quarter-hour rubaround? She’d have to have the most magical of magic fingers to warrant all that hassle — and, having taking advantage of one of her visits, I can tell you, she ain’t.

So, obviously, I didn’t get an office massage today. I happened to be wearing a smooth shirt (not like I ever wear anything else, really), but I was Eternity-ed up. I wouldn’t want to give Denise olfactory overload.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/16/2005 10:03:38 PM
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Sunday, November 13, 2021

The popular expression goes like this:

“No matter where you go, there you are.”

By simply transpositioning a couple of the words, you come up with phraseology that has a deeper meaning, I think:

“No matter where you are, there you go.”

Think about it.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/13/2005 04:35:37 PM
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Saturday, November 12, 2021

Earlier this afternoon, I took a swing through Target. As I went through the checkout, I said to the checkout girl:

“Did you know someone signed their name in ink on the card-scanner screen here?”

“Yes,” she said, blankly.

Thus, I became probably the thousandth person to point out this obvious faux pas by a previous customer.

The funny thing is, I’m not sure why I bothered to say anything at all about it. It wasn’t an impulse, because I actually looked for a few seconds at the little screen, scrawled with blue ink, before consciously deciding to say something. I wasn’t looking for an opening to talk with the girl, because she wasn’t much to look at (right now, only a couple of hours later, I absolutely can’t remember what she looked like). And generally, I eschew unnecessary chatter, especially with strangers. So I can’t say at all why I decided to engage in this smallest of small talk.

But I did. And while I can’t say I wound up feeling embarrassed, I did feel a bit less than useful for having done it.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/12/2021 04:33:41 PM
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