Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sorry for the Captionlessness

I guess I owe you some explanation for the recent spate of Free For Alls. First of all, two of my sons are experiencing medical problems. One was hospitalized for a week and is adjusting to his diagnosis as a Type 1 diabetic. The other may have an untreatable digestive disorder, that will also require lifestyle changes.

On top of this, I had to travel for a week to Huntsville AL {a very nice city, by the way) for work. The work aspect of it was sheer Hell. Everybody was blaming me for their own screw ups. I am used to getting that from teenagers, but you expect people to behave more professionally in a work environment. Hand to God, I am not making this up... I had engineers who were refusing to write a Technical Specification because they didn't like the way the document containing their instructions was formatted. It had to be sent back to a desktop publisher to change the font and paragraph style before they would write their Specs.

That is typical of the bullsh-t I've had to put up with all last week. It's hard to write funny captions when all you really can think about is how you wish you had the scanner-like power to make heads explode.

My only relief was I was able to take my new 14 year old son (who is not undergoing medical problems) with me. And we had some good times together. I gave him some illicit driving lessons in the company parking lot. We found a place that makes these incredible chocolate-and-nut-covered caramel apples. He mastered the hotel's shuttle system and was able to get around town on his own. A cougar at the hotel swimming pool tried to get him to apply sunscreen to her back. Good times.

I am going to try and get things back to normal this week. Thanks for your understanding and whatall.

16 comments:

mpur said...

Sorry to hear about the medical and work problems.

The digestive problem: is it Crohn's disease? If so, that truly sucks.

Best wished to you and yours.

Submariner said...

V. I spent a week in Huntsville one afternoon with a similar experience, working with engineers also, no less. Maybe it's something in the water there?

We'll lift the med issues in prayer.

mega said...

Sorry to hear all the bad news on the medical front.

Adriane said...

Family comes first ... take care and stay sane.

Passionate Conservative said...

V...c'mon man, you don't need to explain. This is your fun, and ours too, but your family and sanity have to come first!

Take care!

John.....just John said...

Prayers are with you on the medical issues. Heck, the engineering issues too. We really appreciate all the humor you provide on a daily basis. Take care.

John.....just John said...

By the way, the cougar wasn't Army of Mom, was it?

americanelephant said...

God bless your kids and you. Take all the time you need.

JohnS1959 said...

Sorry to hear about all the issues I will keep you and your family in prayer

And its not in the water in H'ville - it is in the NASA mindset...

Anonymous said...

Hey, the family always comes first.

Question. Just out of curiosity what did the cougar look like and is she still at that hotel?

Seriously, hopefully your kids will be OK.

Also, engineers can be turds.

Vinney

sonicfrog said...

Take care my friend. Both my parents are diabetic. If you have any q's you know how to contact me.

Van Helsing said...

Best of luck with the medical issues. You're doing great work raising those boys.

Robert said...

Get well wishes to the kids... I'll bet they're not thrilled to be wasting valuable summer vacation in the hospital.

Was the cougar a school teacher ;-)

Are you dealing with government engineers (or engineers working on government contracts)?

We private-sector engineers are just grateful to have jobs.

Steve O said...

Our family will keep you in our prayers.

Son Of The Godfather said...

Hang in there, V... prayers sent your way...

Oh yeah, and also, less ghey pics. heh

Rae said...

God bless and hope things get better