Gender Reveal Party?

The son of a deceased cousin held one recently, according to one of his fb posts, to reveal the gender of the child they are expecting.

Must be getting old here… A party to announce the gender of one’s to be born child? Outside of a reason to party, ..  guess it’s a nice idea, but for me knowing the gender of one’s child is like opening Christmas presents on Thanksgiving.

Crappy weather isn’t helping my mood either: feel as if I am playing left out in the game of life.

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My state among others, will this Tuesday, hold its Presidential primary.

Unlike other states, we are free to cross party lines when voting. So, should I cross party lines to cast a vote against the serial liar, who wants to be the first female president, and vote for a man who it elected would turn this county so inward that one might mistake for being in the 19th century?

Or do I cast a vote against the swaggering, bullying Trump, a man whose mannerisms and tone reminds me of Benito Mussolini, or dare I say Adolf Hitler?

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My Digital Footprint

After finishing up my latest very short term gig, and a false positive about  returning to work at the law firm for clean up, I noticed on my LinkedIn account, under the window of  do you know these people/ do you want to connect with them, a slew of linked in profiles, even today, of people from this law firm  with who I have  no even remote connection.

Very puzzling and a bit concerning too.  During my work I had no direct digital connection with the firm, only indirect contact via e-mail with the staffing agency which put me at the law firm.  So why now is my profile flooded with profiles of people who work for this law firm?


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The Price of Nihonjinron

Nihonjinron, for those unfamiliar with the term, is an exclusionary school of thought in Japan, which places huge emphasis of the uniqueness  and superiority of the Japanese Japanese way of life over Western culture.

One manifestation of this fallacy revolves around diet and the eschewing of consuming dairy products.

Well, wife unit never was given much milk or other diary products when she was growing up (and right now you may already guess where this is heading). Given where she is now in life, her doctor told wife unit that a visit to a specialist, to check on osteoporosis, might be a smart idea. So she went, and….

Yup, she has that problem, with a initial diagnosis that this is due to a lack of calcium intake when she was younger.

So daily dose of calcium tablets for the rest of her life?

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Pepper I do not like. I do not like it sprinkled or ground over the meat or other food I am about to eat. I do not really care for it in its vegetable form either.

Last night’s conundrum, wife unit prepared dinner, piling on some barely cooked green peppers on my plate.

What to do?, as she sat directly in front of me.

Slyly, I slid some things on the table to block wife unit’s view as I ate everything else but, then put my body between wife unit’s field of vision and the plate with the untouched green peppers, walked to the sink, scraped off the green peppers onto the plate wife unit had set aside for leftover to make her lunch for today with, then walked back to the table, wife unit none the wiser and me happy not have eaten the damned peppers.

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Is the first and only word I can think of when I opened my FB page this morning and saw this from now 2 ex-FB friends.


Politics is one thing, but there is a time and place for everything, including civility, which it appears the 2 FB posters above are so wrapped up in themselves and their self-importance, that they’ve forgotten.

Frightening  how this shows just how polarized some have become.


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And That Was Short

But at least knew that going in, that this latest J-E related project was to last as long as iit would take for 4 people to translate  100+ Japanese business documents of varying style and length into English.  Two weeks and a couple of days, which was about what we were told going in. Interestingly enough, while for one week, I put in hours almost equal to those I had put in during my last project, I came home feeling less fatigued.  I attribute that to the translation being less mechanical  than just plain document reviewing- a bit like reading and because there is so much context that has to be read between the lines,  trying to fit the pieces together like a puzzle.

It was also a lesson in that as everywhere perhaps,  every business entity has its own culture which is reflected in the way its employees write and that a translator has to get used to.

And it was good- besides the money coming in- was I worked for a law firm again which I had sworn I never would again.  My first was a job for 3  months in NYC, an unpleasant experience.  Was told thought the DC office of this form was  comparatively laid back. And so it was.  True like many  work I’ve done inside a law firm,  our worksite was an area that no one else would have wanted, but still, it was tolerable. But then given the short time there…

So now back to staying at home.  I’ve seen a project that is supposed to run for a year + which I quickly applied to, but have not heard a thing.  Also a job in Kentucky, a purchasing job, for which I have no direct experience, but figure I have learned something about the job.  Besides perhaps the lack of experience, salary will probably be problematic. Was asked about a translator/interpreter job, but first as I learned, I am not an interpreter. Second,  while my second language skills have served me well since parting with Toyota in 2007, its kept us from having to selling our house,  its not my complete skills and experience package as I told the recruiter.  I’ve been in management, mentored and managed staff advocated, negotiated and so much more.

Bitterly cold outsode right now. Doubt the outside temperature is above freezing.  Have a small electric heater at my feet to keep my chroicaly chilled feet warm.




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