If Only…

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Just Because

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Sweet, Sweet Seduction

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I’ve been seduced. I’m not quite sure who should get the credit, Steve or Ted, but I should probably “blame” it all on Ted. So much of what has gone on in the last 15 years of my life has been due to his influence.  When I first met him, he was a 20 year old computer whiz kid, and damned cute!  Since that first meeting, he’s tried to teach me computers, with various levels of success.  For years, he’s been trying to get me to switch to Apple, but I’d resisted his charms, and Steve’s as well.  Well, I finally was forced to give in.  Steve may have designed the hardware, but the credit has to go to Ted for making me actually bite the Apple.

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Vacation 2.0

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I’m on vacation again.  No plans, but who knows what will pop up?

Yes, again.

Here’s how it works:

I’ve been on the job for over 17 years, now.  I’m at the highest vacation accrual rate.  That’s good for about 4 weeks or more a year.  We’re also able to take 8 hours a year as a personal holiday.  Where the extra time really kicks in, however, is holidays.  Most people in government employ get 13 holidays a year, spread out during the 12 months.  It’s usually a Monday, although Thanksgiving and Christmas are in there, too, and generate a couple of days for each in those 13.  The “regular” daytime administrative staff gets the day off, with pay.  Since my job is 24/7/365, we work the holidays.  Since it’s inequitable to give some people the day off with pay, but not others, we get 8 hours of vacation time added to our time banks.  With the personal holiday, that’s another 2 weeks!

Some people are amazed at the time I have available for vacation, but they seldom think of the days they take off through the year for various 3 day weekends.  If a holiday falls on my regular work day, I’m working.  You might be at home watching football, but I’m at work!

I simply take all those days off at different times than you.

I go back to work on the 18th.

Yeah, I love my job!

A Trip Down Memory Lane – But Time Waits For No Man

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So this afternoon I decided to take a little drive around the county, just to hit some areas I hadn’t seen before, or in a while.  I like to be able to visualize the locations I send deputies to, and it helps to be able to see what they actually look like.  I ended up in Porterville after making a loop through Tulare and the west and south sides of the county, and decided to stop by the house my grandparents lived in for about a decade, and I lived in for a little less than a year when I was 11 or 12.  It’s seen better days.

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Keep those doggies rollin’, rawhide!

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