The news: The last few weeks have been really busy. The multimedia project at work has finally gone live and is doing rather well. I have spent a lot of time at work lately redocumenting various procedures and have been developing our technical support site. (God, I feel like I’m back at MACESS, LOL!)
My allergies have been acting up again, I’m thinking of going to see a different doctor. I don’t like the one I currently have. She always seems to me like she’s in a hurry to see me and get out. The first time I could understand, we all have days where we’re too busy for our own good … but this behavior has been consistent. She reminds me of a fastfood drive-thru attendant on speed. And I would prefer a doctor that will sit down and listen to my concerns. This doc is suggesting I have surgery to fix my chronic reflux problems, and a second opinion tells me that the problem may actually be my allergy/sinus problems. (Hence why I need a new doctor … )
Now for a bit of art: Last Saturday Jim’s mom and I attended Birmingham’s ArtWalk festival. There was an abundance of artists showing various forms of works, from paintings, sculptures of clay and metalworks, even some musicians sitting out playing. There were loads of people there (a list), the first of whom I saw was Tom Dameron with Lyda Rose Gallery. I knew Tom from a previous job, he was a customer of mine when I worked for CDO. A very nice guy, and a very talent artist!
It was really fun. I bought several sets of notecards and some glass frogs. It’s funny that a few of the artists I met and spoke with reminded me of me years ago. When I was in high school, I wanted nothing more than to be an artist. In fact, I was accepted to an art school in Chicago, but I made the mistake of letting my dad talk me out of it … he told me to “get a real job.”
Oh well, something tells me that I’m too conservative to be a “starving artist” anyways. There were a bunch of John Kerry supporters handing out stickers, buttons, fans, and other crap. Jim’s mother was with me, and she gladly scooped up anything they’d give her (she’s a Democrat). I politely declined, and after a bit of badgering I explained that I’m a Bush supporter, to which they joked with Jim’s mom to “work on” me … right, whatever. Anyways, nearly all of the artists there last weekend were sporting some kind of Kerry support apparatus.
And now the weather: Hurricane Ivan is upon us. As of 30 minutes ago, Interstate 65 from Montgomery southward has been closed in order to re-route the traffic flow. Traffic in general has been really heavy the last couple of days due to people evacuating/fleeing the southern regions of Alabama and Florida. It took us 2 hours to get home yesterday, and I’m dreading today’s trip home.
The hurricane is supposed to hit Mobile around lunchtime, and will reach Birmingham by about 1 a.m. tomorrow morning. We will spend tonight making sure we have plenty of supplies in the case of loss of utilities — water, food, batteries, candles/oil, etc.
This isn’t going to be fun …