If you think back to the end of last December I lamented that I had just discovered (too late) that Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts had an exhibit showing the Santa and Rudolph puppets used in the making of the Rankin/Bass classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Fortunately, I was reminded of this last week so I paid a visit to the Center for Puppetry Arts on Friday and saw them!

Blast From My Past

I was also impressed during my trip by the Jim Henson exhibit, as well as some of the other puppets the Center has on display.

I solved today’s Wordle in five attempts; my starter today was SHAFT

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24 Responses to 2022-12-12

  1. I need to engage in some form of exercise today, the body is very flabby and the weekend’s weather combined with my dodgy body kept me on the sofa.

    • Well, any exercise will have to be walking because after puttering around WLF my knee hurts again. News flash: this is, or is going to be, something serious. Unfortunately this scares and depresses me greatly.

      • David says:

        I can tell you that my knee has gone back and forth. A couple months ago I was ready to capitulate and see an orthopedist. But I did a couple physical therapy sessions, got it dry needled, soaked it when needed, and put voltaren on it, and used ibuprofen. Long story short, my knee isn’t great, but it’s not bad either. You may have a completely different situation, I just share this to say that I thought my knee was serious, but I’ve brought it back from the brink. I hope you’re able to do so as well.

  2. Steve says:

    Wordle in 5 and it should have been 4. Double letters just piss me off. I did get the Saturday wordle in 2, which was sheer luck as I started with saiNt and the word was KNOCK!

    Saturday, a lovely party at one of the hunt masters homes. We hadn’t seen it since it was completed and it’s very very nice. Ran into one of the previous masters who reminded me I showed interest in doing some USO work with him. I’ll be making box lunches for troops passing through Hartsfield on January 4th. FUN!!

    As we were leaving for the party in my trusty Mazda, I suddenly had no headlights. One has been a bit on the fritz for a while, but the other one has been solid. We quickly switched vehicles so we’d have a little light and I spent some time yesterday swapping out a bad headlight. I also got the other one running again- for how long is uncertain. It was nice to be able to pull the car all the way into the man cave and work in reasonable warmth. Just had to move the scooter out of the way.

    Watched both World Cup matches on Saturday. Morrocco is my new favorite team as the Brits lost to the Frenchies. Started watching the Netflix series “Wednesday” (as in Addams) and it has it’s moments.


    • KNOCK is double letter, but you knocked it out of the park!

      Betsy said “Wednesday” is good, but it’s a moot point for me as I have still not signed up for Netflix again. I’m busy trying to put myself into the Christmas Spirit; SPOILER, I am failing.

  3. I attempted an “easy” coding challenge today and failed mightily. I have a LOT of work ahead of me before I can ask someone to pay me, and subsidize my health insurance. Ugh.

  4. Steve says:

    Strangely, our power went off this morning early. I had just let George back in (!!) and had laid down again and noticed the fan stopped. It came on briefly about 25 minutes later, then off until just before my alarm at 0610. I know this only because the stove clock starts blinking and will count time from power on. I guess someone hit a pole, as there was no weather to speak of.

  5. HamWithCam says:

    Ask someone to pay you… to program?
    Why would I pay a guy with 25+ years experience to…program?

    I’m guessing prospective employers would prefer to pay you to get results through other (much, much) less experienced “20-something-year-old” programmers, mentor them, help turn (often vague) biz requirements into efficient functional systems, and generally keep things “on track and under budget”, etc, etc.

    Bottom Line:
    IT is an expense. Execs want some but seek to minimize it.
    Execs have little clue what IT is, and what (hard-working) IT types actually do.
    (Down there in the basement…)

    Your experience is worth $$($). Sell that.
    Not “here’s some example XCode I wrote using Swift…”

    That’s just my guess…

    BTW: When you get a chance, give us a sense of your “Three lists”?
    No. 1: What do you want to do?
    1) Open a bike shop
    2) Senior Beer Taster
    3) UI Designer
    4) County Extension Agent

    No. 2: Where do you want to do it?
    1) Paulie’s Intown Cycles
    2) Sweetwater
    3) Apple, The Google, small under-funded start-up, etc.
    4) WLF

    Hiring is essentially dead between now and the first of January.
    But budgets will start to open up in mid-January 2023 (depending on what the Economy does).
    Be ready.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • I’ve been down the management path once and hated it, so I’d rather take a lower paying individual programmer job if I can. Besides, when I am in a groove I love to write code.

      I have no aspirations to work for at least three more months, and 6-8 if I can swing it. In August I will have been willingly unemployed for two years, think by then I can explain away my absenge and be able to back up my claims.

    • Steve says:

      Great wisdom, John. Paulie and I both fall into the “I love the work” camp. Long ago, the Fed wanted to know where I wanted to go with my career and when I told them NOT into management, I explained they needed a “technical track” as well as management. They have somewhat taken it to heart and realized some of us just like doing the job and don’t want to manage people doing the job. Did that limit my career choices? Maybe, but I’m sure I’m happier,

      • HamWithCam says:

        I dig the Technical Track.
        The consulting world refers to those folks as “principles”.
        Deep expertise, smart folks, throw them at thorny problems.
        Big $$$.

        All good.
        Senior technical types have to present themselves as solutions to problems.

        At the end of the day, you have to do what makes you happy.
        And hopefully, somebody pays you for it.

        73 de JG/HamWithCam

      • Barb says:

        I also would rather be a worker bee – I don’t like being in charge of people, I find most not as smart as me (hahahaha) and get annoyed when they can’t do their job right.

  6. Barb says:

    pretty busy weekend over here in Marietta.
    Went to Friday Hash happy hour – Lassiter’s was packed.
    Saturday morning we finally got the mailbox fixed to Allan’s OCD approval.
    Had lunch with some friends – then to the Hyox Roaring 20s, Great Gatsby theme party. Don’t really know anyone that works there anymore, but met a few new people, and free food, drinks, bus ride, and hotel room makes for a good night. Everyone dressed the part, so it was nice seeing all the outfits.
    Sunday morning we were moving slow – but rallied for a Rock n Roll Fantasy 60th birthday party – with a live rock band. Only needed a concert t-shirt for this one, so I luckily found a Metallica one at Goodwill. My niece in AZ spotted it in a pic. She has requested it be gifted to her.

  7. Barb says:

    took me 4 for Wordle – not too bad really

  8. David says:

    I’m on the verge of a Wordle fail. Two letters identified but none in the right position after 4 tries. Ugh.

    In other news I slept through the night for the first time in god knows how long. Exhaustion does have its privileges.

  9. Pretty nice five mile walk — weather hast turned lovely, I did a good deed along the way, and I nearly got a little too up close and personal with the neighborhood hawk which was sitting on a fence. Knees cried a bit, but I didn’t push myself too hard so no real pain.

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