Still fighting the pain. Going to set up another PT session or two on what is to be a short week for me. I will also be using my HSA credit card more liberally as I finally found out how much money remains in my account and it’s a lot more than I expected. All medical expenses until the balance is consumed will be paid for using this account.
The Switcheroo Was Fun
On Friday I wandered on a very chilly afternoon from my office to Ri Ra for my Cinc O’Demayo celebration. At Ri Ra I was joined by five friends, four of whom are former coworkers, for some beverages and dinner. I don’t know if the weather scared people away from outdoor Cinco de Mayo festivities or if Ri Ra just does a cracking Friday night business, but the place was filled. What was really strange however is that it sounded as if the music played all night inside Ri Ra was New Orleans jazz. I think that they had their holidays mixed up and thought that it was Mardi Gras. 😉
Dutch Ja, Czech Ne
I made it over to Colony Square on Saturday afternoon for their Europe Day festivity. The event was scheduled from 2:00pm-9:00pm with introductory sample language classes early in the day, games and such midday, and a film festival later in the evening. I was only there about an hour or so before I felt the need to leave due to discomfort. In the time I was there I was able to sample a couple of twenty-minute foreign language sample classes.
I started with Dutch. Given the Netherlands proximity to Germany I figured that the language would be somewhat similar, and there is a good possibility that I may return to Amsterdam one day. You can definitely see that German and Dutch (not to mention English) share some of the same origins:
My name is Paulie (English) == Mein Name ist Paulie (German) == Mijn naam is Paulie (Dutch)
From the Dutch class I tried my hand at Czech. Although Czechoslovakia also lies near Germany its language roots couldn’t be further away than if it were Chinese.
My name is Paulie (English) == Mein Name ist Paulie (German) == Jmenuji se Paulie (Czech)
I was going to try my hand at Italian as well, but I was tired, in pain, and my brain hurt from trying to wrap it around the Czech language.
Oh yeah, I also picked up a travel magazine about Ireland. In 2018 I will be making a trip to Ireland, and perhaps on to Canada as part of my vacations. Fortunately I already kinda know the languages they speak in those countries.
From Colony Square I plodded through heavy Saturday traffic and wound my way over to Kirkwood where I ate an early dinner at Elmyriachi, speaking only English, before heading home and being a bum the remainder of Saturday night.
Along with the ability to control the ITP Estate’s security system using my iPhone I also have the ability to set up “Geo-fence” rules as a fail safe. For instance, I have set up a rule to be notified if I wander more than a few miles away from the ITP Estate and have failed to turn on the security system. This rule worked well on the Thursday that I interviewed at “XYZ Corp”, but I was befuddled when I returned home to find the security set it off and hadn’t been notified even though Colony Square is outside my Geo-fence.
Turns out that I enabled the rule to only be checked on weekdays. Dangen! I don’t know why I set the rule up this way, but it has been updated to occur on any day now…
Lawn Care Fail
There were two things on my calendar for Sunday, getting a haircut and mowing the lawn.
While I was able to do a little bit of much-needed cleanup of some English Ivy from the path that I use to get the lawnmower to the front lawn, but I was unable to fight off the pain in an attempt to try and get the mower out.
I am hoping to get everything will be in working order by Wednesday and I can cut the lawn before I leave town on Friday.
Cleaning The Clothes
I have packed up a figurative ton of laundry and plan to do at ITP-Reader Stacy’s midtown Waschsalon after work today. That, and doing. Y German homework are the only two things on my post-work agenda today.
No Giro For Me
For the first time in many years I am unable to keep an eye on the Giro d’Italia. For years I was able to “watch” it at work because I had a Dish Network satellite tv box at my desk. Obviously this perk is not offered by “XYZ Corp”. As far as I know there is only one legal way for me to stream the Giro and that’s to subscribe to Fubo TV for $34.99/month and tack on an additional $8.99 for their cycling package. I already have too many recurring expenses, and have no desire to watch enough tv to warrant the cost, so I guess that I will either look for pirated streams on the interwebs, of follow along with news reports after the fact.
Hope your weekend was a good one.