Tuesday, July 20, 2010

And let's all be thankful I had time to post anything at all

Well it is already Tuesday and I suppose that means a new post of nonsense, doesn’t it?

Of course, the gnomes have kept me hostage (ok…work has) so I don’t have anything prepared. Not to worry…I’ll just spew random observations…

Why has it taken me until just last week to realize that “Beaver” in the “Leave it to Beaver” show would be called “Beaver Cleaver” because that was the last name of the family? Seriously…was that an inside joke or am I just the last person on the planet to find that a bit weird and disturbing (and funny)?

You know, going back to the same famous company I used to work for before they laid me off and now being a contractor, not an employee has many advantages:

a. I got a nice fat severance packet and an opportunity to vacation for a year; everyone else got more work and less people to do it!

b. I don’t have to worry about my “career” by dealing with people I don’t like…I pick my project and the people I’ll work with before I even commit to going there instead of having no choice.

c. I get paid for overtime…no more of the typical “salary employee” abuse

d. I get to work on the campus (and it’s a REALLY nice campus...because, hey, they even call it a campus even though it is a company headquarters). I hadn’t had that opportunity in the last 9 years! We always had to work from the crappy “satellite” buildings hovering too far away to walk and too close to take your car and then try and find a parking spot close.

e. If at the end of this contract I want to take off for 3 months and go to Australia…I can! There will always be another contract need.

Fortunately I am working because I’m a bit irritated with Portland’s summer weather. We get this morning “marine layer” of clouds that are supposed to “burn off” by lunchtime. Of course, that would only be California where they actually do burn off by lunchtime. In Portland, if they burn off at all, it’s typically by about 7pm…just enough time to validate that there really is a sun still. After that, it’s pretty much sunset and dark.

Now I have a problem with the term “marine layer” anyway. Who invented that? I don’t see crabs and starfish hovering around above me and it’s not like I live on the beach either. No…this “marine layer” has to navigate over a mountain range to reach our town…that’s not very marine-like….unless you’re referring to our military outfit that is. Weathermen…they should not be paid if they don’t get it right. In fact, I’m going to go stalk my weatherman tonight for inflicting misty rain and 52 degrees this morning on a day forecast to be 84!

28 comments:

The Incredible Woody said...

I'm kinda pissed about the whole marine layer thing too. I thought I was moving to sunny California. This marine layer crap has ruined my whole idea of lazy days by the pool or on the beach working on my tan. It just stays and stays and stays!

The Incredible Woody said...

Woot! First!

sharonheg said...

I've been a contract worker for years. It has its good points and its bad ones. I try to concentrate on the good ones more.

Oh, and Beaver Cleaver. HAHAHA!

Roy said...

Hmmmm... Since I never noticed that name juxtaposition until you pointed it out, I guess you're not the last to notice it. Look at it this way - it means that our minds don't constantly dwell in the gutter,they only visit there occasionally!

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

52 degrees sounds like heaven right about now. We've been in the 90s and 100s.

Mrsupole said...

I am with PC on this one 52 sounds like heaven right now and in So.Cali we have no clouds, no marine layer, just the freaking hot, hot, hot sun beating the heck out of us right now. But at least the humidity level finally lowered down somewhat. We hate the humidity, well except for when the fires come.

Seriously you never heard of Beaver Cleaver, they even have it in the show and something about the Beav Cleave if I remember correctly. There was some joke about it. But then again I might be a little bit older than you and know more about it.

God bless.

Roy Scribner said...

I think the marine layer is Gunnery Sergeant Highway sticking a boot up your backside for whining about the weather.

Monkey Man said...

Just because it was the innocent time of the 50's doesn't mean there wasn't a perverted sense of humor in television writers. The question might be how did it slip past a very Nazi group of censors.

As to the Marine layer in good ol' PDX, the Marine reference is to the US Marines because the layer beats us down into a state of submission with the tease of a reward of heat at the end of it all.

Deb said...

"Marine layer"? THAT's what that crap is called? Muat be a west coast thing.

As for the Beave, they were either incredibly naive or disturbed in naming a little kid that! If you continue the theme, let's not forget Lumpy and Whitey. I guess it would have been going too far if Wally's name had been Willy. HA!

ReformingGeek said...

Yeah. I remember "a"!

Hum.....Beaver Cleaver. Ew.

Quirkyloon said...

Beaver cleaver? Why am I afraid to google it.

Maybe cuz YOU brought it up. Yep, that's good 'nuff reason for me!

AND... 52 degrees? How I wish I could send you some of the 106 degrees we are "enjoying" today.

Gah.

lime said...

ever since i demolished my left arm i have said every meteorologist ought to be required to prove he or she has already suffered a severe bone break or is willing to endure one as a pre-req for hiring. my bunged up arm is a far better predictor of weather than their damn computer models.

Subby said...

I know an old class-mate of mine that went to Beaver College, N.C. ( they've since changed the name...Commies! )

I'm not touchin' the "marine layer"...it's just too temptingly easy~~HA!

Elizabeth said...

"marine layer" does that mean it's foggy all day? Yuck :(

Janna said...

Count me in with the people who are saying 52 degrees sounds wonderful.
We've had very humid 90's here, and it's miserable.

Have you ever been to Australia before?

Janna said...

I just realized that last comment made it sound like I live in Australia.

monica said...

again: you got a job? good on ya - or so it definitely seems! but taking time from the nonsense... hm...

Megan said...

So...you're working for the same company that laid you off. Except you're not. And you're on campus. That's very cool. On campus is key. They have, like, kitchens and stuff...

CatLadyLarew said...

Beaver Cleaver... is that like "Whack a Mole"?

00dozo said...

Strange. I had a dream about my meat cleaver last night, but no beavers. Even stranger is the fact that it's packed up in a box in the garage. Dream telepathy?

Jacki said...

And here in VA we are complaining about the heat. We have had 2 months of 90-100 degree weather with very little rain.

Glad that the job is working out, though!

Baino said...

At least you posted. I haven't put anything up since Friday ...work's such a bitch, gets in the way of everything. I'm loving your weather, it's freezing here

VE said...

Incredible woody – And it stays far less than up here so you can just imagine my enjoyment!

Sharonheg – Yeah, the bad one is that they won’t actually pay me to travel the world on vacation. Go figure!

Roy – That’s a good way of looking at it. Of course, I’m sure my mind was in another gutter during that time…

Perpetual chocoholic – Maybe we can work a trade and all balance out to mid 70s…win/win

Mrsupole – Yes but Southern Calif…that’s what you get for residing in a desert!

Roy – You’re right…and he would. Maybe that’s why I’m a civilian these days…

Monkey man – That is a question…when did “beaver” mean more than the industrious furry animals we nearly trapped to extinction?

Deb – Yes, Willy might have been a bit too obvious…

Reforminggeek – We need to keep receiving (a) on an annual basis…that’s the trick of it

Quirkyloon – VE…taking you to the google searches you DON’T want to find…

Lime – I have plates in my left arm…I know of what you speak…oh, and I’d be more than happy to break a few of their bones for them…

Subby – That’s a damn shame they renamed that college. Attendance probably dropped right after that…

Elizabeth – You gotta have a ridiculous term that sounds important…

Janna – You’re in Australia? You’re right in the middle of the continent, aren’t you? That’s why you don’t “get out” much…

Janna – I’m sticking with my theory…

Monica – I’m working on keeping it going…hey, I’m still here so far…

Megan – They have kitchens, a pub, little convenience stores, a hair salon, a lake, running trails around it. One winter they constructed an ice rink for a week and let employees use it for free…

Catladylarew – Just more bloody…

00dozo – This is me hoping you don’t sleep walk too…

Jacki – I know about your humidity there…yes, you can have that…

Baino – I can’t imagine Australia as freezing. We think of it as always sunny and without water unless you’re right along the beaches…shows you what I know…

aladdinsane12 said...

sounds like you're one lucky mother f-er! i have never heard of a marine layer of clouds before, but i could only WISH they had lobsters floating around in them. my life would be complete!

VE said...

aladdinsane12 - That would be quite handy come dinnertime!

Jaime said...

beaver cleaver? i suppose it could be worse. my neighbor's name is crystal ware.

VE said...

jaime - Ha! She should get married...quick!

gab said...

Hopefully Mr Gab will get a new job. ive a new post should you care to read it.