And all through my house, not a creature is stirring but me. It’s an odd Saturday that finds me the first one to greet it. It’s cold outside (relative to the fact that I live in California) so I’m sitting in front of the computer in layers, downing coffee. My living room has literally 55-60 presents in it. It’s insane. 20 are for me. I think that’s completely reasonable. The suspiciously large present, I have now decided is either a robot slave who will do my bidding or the bodies of one of my enemies….though I find that less likely because no smell emanates from it. Yes…I have reduced myself to smelling the big box since it is too big to shake. I suppose I could jostle it, but then that would be childish. I am off work until Wednesday, which I expect to be a spectacularly unpleasant day, so I am officially deleting it from my mind until then. Probably no news updates until after the holiday because…there’s no news. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and personal robot slaves of your own.
Got some Green Day pumping in the office, while I ignore my actual work to bring you the news that interests me today:
*People in Denver are still buried under 3 feet of snow, but my luggage arrived safely so I think everything is even.
*Talks with North Korea broke off without an agreement. Shocking. Well, thank God, they don’t have WMDs or a crazy dictator in a sensitive part of the world or we might have a reason to go to war. What? No oil there? Well bugger that then.
*A break in winter weather allowed small teams of searchers to return to the snowy slopes of Mount Hood on Thursday looking for clues on the whereabouts of two climbers lost and presumed dead. Man, I was really hoping they’d get these guys off for Christmas alive, but doesn’t look good.
*Secretary of State Condi Rice says America is ready for a black President, though she says she won’t be running in 2008. I agree with both of those statements.
*Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis was arrested Friday for DUI in Miami Beach. If you’re going to drink, don’t fricking get in a two ton piece of metal and go zipping around at 65 mph. Idiot.
*The Phillies traded veteran outfielder Jeff Conine to the Cincinnati Reds.
*BYU thrashed Oregon 38-8 in the Las Vegas Bowl.
*Looking for James Cameron’s return to directing? His sci-fi project Avatar is now pushed back to 2009.
That’s all that piqued my interest. Slow news day. One of the other people in the building wandered by asking when we were all going to leave. For the record, we’ve been here 52 minutes. Summit’s work ethic is what makes us great.
Weee Hooo, half day at work today and then no more work until Wednesday, when I imagine the news that I’m leaving will start directing excrement towards the fan. But between then and now is Christmas! There are packages littering my living room, many of them are for me (the fam is fond of me) and I’ll be honest when I say I have no idea what any of them are, especially the coffin-sized one my stepdaughter and her friend bought me….maybe it IS a coffin. Huh. Well, I seem to be one of about 7 people in the office, so I’m going to go ahead and do the news right after this post and then get to finishing the backlog of filing that piled up whilst I was away. I can’t do much more for my boss than at least leave things tidy on my end. So that’s what I shall do.
Whole lot of stuff to catch up on after a week away. I’ll try to hit the highlights for you. Doubt I’ll offer much commentary as I’m multi-tasking this with writing a manual for my successor….yeah, I’m considerate like that. My welcome to this job was a six foot high stack of back filing. Tracy, if you’re out there, just want you to know…that sucked.
*New Jersey legalized same-sex civil unions, which should make its former governor happy.
*There was a fricking giant blizzard in the middle of the country that caused, among other things, my luggage to be delayed. People may have died or been otherwise inconvenienced, but let’s stick to the relevant details.
*Former VP candidate John Edwards announced he’ll be seeking the Democratic nomination for President in 2008. Didn’t do it on The Daily Show like last time. I was disappointed.
*President Bush said he’ll support a $2.10 hike in the minimum wage as long as it comes with tax cuts for business. The current minimum wage is $5.15. The plan would raise it over three years to $7.25.
*The President’s plan to increase the size of our military will take time, according to the Pentagon. One hurdle is the $1.2 billion price tag…the other would be that whole signing up for the stupid war thing.
*The President signed a postal reform bill that will hopefully stabilize the USPS, and delaying any future rate hikes in postage. Oh that won’t prevent the three cent hike that’s coming this spring though. Use your 39 centers now. It’s gonna be 42.
*Starting next year, China will no longer allow foreign adoptions by anyone deemed “unmarried, obese, or disabled.”
*Experts fear that theft damage to Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream, one of the world’s most famous images, may be too extensive to completely repair.
*Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke retired after a 12 year career, the latter part plagued by injuries.
*The Toronto Blue Jays locked up outfielder for the next seven years at a cost of $126 million.
*The lineup for the most irrelevant all-star game in sports, the NFL’s Pro Bowl, has been announced. The Chargers lead all teams with 9 players named, the Bears were second with seven players.
*Longtime Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt passed away at the age of 74.
*The New Jersey Nets may move to Brooklyn, giving the city their first pro team since the Dodgers bolted 57 years ago.
*Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony was suspended 15 games for being an ass and sucker punching someone in a brawl….idiot.
*The above story is one of the primary reasons that the Nuggets acquired 76ers star Allen Iverson via trade. Iverson has long been unhappy in Philly. Now he can start being disgruntled under 3 feet of snow in Denver.
*JK Rowling has released the title of the final book in the Harry Potter series. The seventh installment will be titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
*Kevin Smith, Zhang Ziyi, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Patrick Stewart will be among the voice actors for the CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie due in March, and yeah I’m actually kind of excited about it.
*Animation legend Joe Barbera passed away at the age of 95.
*Will Smith’s The Pursuit of Happyness opened at #1 with $27.2 million, beating out Eragon, which finished second with $23.4 million.
*The seven finalists for the FX Oscar have been announced. Three of these films will be actually nominated for the award: Casino Royale, Eragon, Night at the Museum, Pirates 2, Posiedon, Superman Returns, X3. For my money, I’d like to see Casino Royale, Superman, and X3 get the nods.
*The upcoming third Resident Evil film will be the last in the series.
*Golden Globe nominations are out. Babel lead the way with 7 noms, several other films had six nominations. Leonardo DiCaprio will compete against himself, getting two nominations for Blood Diamond and The Departed. Likewise, Clint Eastwood was nominated for directing both Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.
*Director JJ Abrahms confirms that they are aiming Star Trek XI for a 2008 release.
*Composer Ennio Morricone will receive an honorary Oscar for his body of work, composing scores for over 300 films. My personal fave of his-The Untouchables.
*Everybody Loves Raymond star Peter Boyle passed away at 71 from complications from heart disease.
Well, yesterday I quit my job. This is actually something I’ve been planning for a long time, but yesterday was when I gave notice. It’s under 2 weeks and that sucks, but given how my work usually treats people who give notice and my financial sitch, they made it impossible for me to do it any other way. I was concerned that this would cost me pretty much my only friend out here, my boss, Olivia. When you spend 40 hours a week cooped up in a stressful office with someone, you either bond or you quickly kill each other, and we’ve been through a lot. However, she was happy for the new opportunity I have at my new job (starting 1/2) and it worked out.
The airlines lost my luggage on the way home and I just got it last night at 9pm, so I’m still trying to settle back into west coast rhythms. I’ll probably post news later, but I’m trying to get everything in order for my successor so no promises.