February 15, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and COLD

And guess what? No hot water! Again. Are you really surprised, at this point?

I was featured on Deborah Ng’s “Pay it Forward Tuesday” this week – and too sick to visit any other blogs. So I caught up today.

My “Pay it Forward” is Mia King, who found me here via wordpress or something, and whose new book, Good Things was published about a week ago. Go, Mia! Hop over and visit her if you get the chance. Not only does her book sound terrific, she and her husband run a golfing company in Hawaii!

Visiting the other blogs on the Pay it Forward:

Kelly Boyer Sagertz: Word of Mouth has some interesting information on a variety of topics:

Eleanor Burks’s book Assaulted by Memory – the page goes directly to Amazon.com, not her site, so all I could see was that only one book is left in stock; nothing about her;

Sinclair Nicholas has an interesting Prague Blog

if you’re interested in daily life in Prague. I wanted to comment on the blog, because I enjoyed the writing, but I “wasn’t authorized.” I tried to “log in” and it wouldn’t even let me sign up/sign in/whatever. Oh, well. I’m not going through any more signing up processes. I’m tired of jumping through hoops in order to be able to give someone a compliment. Either you want people to respond to your blog, or you make it too difficult and they don’t come back.

Scott Penny has That Blog

which is pretty fun AND you can leave comments on it without having to promise your firstborn, your dog, and your kitchen utensils.

And I really enjoyed Joanne Mason’s blog, What Do You Read?

Now, back to life, writing, and the rest of it.

I’m much better. No idea what got me down – and, because my union’s so-called insurance plan is not only inadequate, but for all intents and purposes, non-existent (I swear, the guy I was forced to see must have gotten his degree from a matchbook cover, so I ended up paying out of pocket for my former doctor and then going to my acupuncturist, who fixed just about everything), it wasn’t pretty.

Those of you who’ve known me for awhile know I’m pro-union. I’ve served as a union negotiator on contract issues. However, the labor movement, in general, has failed its membership in this country since Bush was crowned President by the Supreme Court (because he sure as hell wasn’t voted in – the votes weren’t even counted).

People join unions for two reasons – to have a unified voice in receiving a FAIR day’s pay for a FAIR day’s work in reasonably safe and sanitary conditions, AND to have access to health care by being a part of a group large enough that an insurance company can actually be bothered. Their responsibility is to provide that day’s work, and the union leaders’ responsibility is to make sure the membership is paid fairly, with cost-of-living increases each year, and to make sure the health care is there.

The union leadership has done nothing but cave to Bush’s anti-labor policies for the past six years instead of holding the line. It’s not just my union, it’s a nationwide problem. Too many egos and personal agendas have taken precedence over the reason unions rose in the first place, and now “union” is equated with lazy and/or corrupt – an incorrect image the employers are eager to push, and the leadership does nothing to dissipate. We need new leadership across the board who clean up the internal messes and then present unity to those who expect everything for nothing.

My industry has prime examples – those with the least contribution to the creative process make the profit, when it should be evenly distributed amongst those who actually generate the work.

Anyway, enough about unions and healthcare.

The show is going fine, in spite of the lazy co-worker who expects to be carried (and I’m not). This person begged for the job; now this person must fulfill the responsibilities. I’m doing MY job, not TWO jobs. I have a second full-time career already. Make the choices, take the consequences, right?

The commute hasn’t been too hateful this week, so far; I’m dealing with it, back to reading on the train, etc.

The writing has gone to hell without even the hand basket – I’m way behind on all the creative work, although I’ve managed to stay on top of the business writing, pitches, follow-ups, etc., and I’m in the midst of negotiating contracts on several interesting projects. I also found some interesting new markets for some of the pieces that I worried about before I left a week and change ago. I certainly have my work cut out for me, catch-up wise, next week, on my week off between tracks. At least I managed to keep up with Circadian posts.

Artie is back, and we went to dinner at a recently opened French restaurant on Ninth Avenue between shows last night. The décor is lovely, the service excellent, the food wonderful, the presentation beautiful. All in all, a good experience.

We had a few kerfluffles in the show – a boot got caught up in one of the massive underskirts and we couldn’t find it for a quick change, so I ran down to storage and got out an old pair and got the actress on stage; two pairs of boots that look the same were accidentally switched, but I managed to get them switched back before the change – little stuff like that. For the most part, it’s been pretty calm, and there’s been enough laughter to make it fun.

I got the child’s humidifier from Target that looks like a small, round, yellow cat. The steam comes out of its ears – it’s pretty funny. My cats are fascinated by it.

I’ve got a few hours before I head back to the show tonight to try and get some stuff done out here. I need to dig out my mom’s car later because she’s got to get on the road, and I’m not going to have her do it herself.

February 19 was supposed to be a day off, but because I lost so much ground when I was sick, that’s just not going to happen. Maybe the weekend of the 24/25, I can have some time off.

Doesn’t it suck that Mercury went Retrograde on Valentine’s Day? Hope it didn’t have too much negative effect for any of you.

Will catch up on everyone’s blogs over the next few days.



  1. Well, THAT explains why my big printer wasn’t working! Mercury Retrograde!

    I hope you are all better soon. It’s hard to work and work like that while sick. And I bet you’re like me, you ignore it and go and go and eventually you get worse! 😉 Please be careful.

  2. So glad you’re feeling better, Devon. And it completely sucks that you do not have access to a good healthcare plan. I’m so tired of the health care system in this country I could scream, but no need to hijack your blog to do it. 😉

  3. Boy, hope you’re feeling better soon!

    I totally agree on unions – they have an important purpose, but so often (especially, like you said, since you know who got crowned) they forget their main concerns (what members pay them for) -and health insurance is a biggie.
    I think our country drastically needs the type of health care coverage Canada has.

  4. Glad you’re feeling better, Devon. And don’t worry about all the catching up you have to do. I know you’ll get it done. You are the most determined and dedicated person I know!

  5. Thanks for mentioning my blog! I appreciate that!

    I also agree about unions. I had union-based health insurance for over twelve years and it was wonderful. Now I direct pay the same provider and while my coverage is still good, it’s a steep bill to pay each month.

    Also glad to hear you’re feeling better! : )

  6. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. And as it turns out, The Man sent me flowers for V-Day and I never got them. Mad is too mild of a word to describe him. I still don’t have and I’m almost afraid to tell him. That poor florist… haha

  7. I’m glad you’re feeling better. I had to pop over to Target’s website and take a look at that humidifier. TOO funny! I’d have to get the Hello Kitty version to go with my pink/burgundy color scheme. *g*

  8. I am so glad you’re feeling better. But, sorry you had to pay so much. It doesn’t seem right to me.
    I hope you are able to take your time off soon and don’t feel so stressed to catch up on all your projects.

  9. Thanks for paying it forward.

  10. Hi, sorry about making you jump through hoops to leave a comment; I fixed it, so waiiit, cooome baaaaack pleeeeeease. I made it so you can just leave comments without any logging in or signing up. I had a problem with neonazis being upset with one of the articles there — actually a video where my friend was taking a leak on the spot where Hitlers Eagle’s Nest mountain fortress once stood (Austria), so that attacked the site mercilessly and I had to remove the leave comment without signing up, but now I can preview comments before I authorize posting them, which will allow you to compliment my writing and prevent others from ad hominem attacks that do not relate to the actual writing. Thanks for mentioning Pragueblog.cz, I will promote this site on pragueblog– more because this is a really good site than some barter promotion :-}

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