One Year Later…


It’s strange how I can go from one extreme to another in just a few posts.

Yesterday, I was recalling the proud moment six years ago when our son Anthony entered our lives. It was something I’ll truly never forget.

And to celebrate his birthday in 2009, we spent the day at Disneyland:

But don’t let the smiling faces in that picture fool you for one bit because as it was being taken, my life was being changed. This was evident by the e-mail I received from a former co-worker, who had just been given her “former” status.

The very next day, March 31, 2009, I trudged my way to work like I had done for the previous three years. I hopped on the train, made the transfer, exited the train, walked to our building, went up the stairs, put away my lunch, sat at my desk, clocked in at 8:30 using Lotus Notes.

By 8:31, I was being called into the HR office and by 9:00 my desk was free of all personal artifacts.

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That’s All, Folks!


That’s All Folks!, originally uploaded by aeromat.

My (former) cubicle at Learning Tree, El Segundo, CA*. All belongings are in box on right. Yep, I was laid off today.

*You finally know where I work(ed)!


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The Weekend Plans


Alright, it’s finally here! We don’t have much on the slate this weekend but sometimes that turns out to be a good thing. It’s supposed to be in the high 80s both days so, um…welcome to Southern California in November!

About all we really have planned is to attend the Wings Over Long Beach event in celebration of Air Force Week at Long Beach Airport on Saturday, which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from our place and the in-law’s house. In fact we plan on parking at their place and walking to the event to save the hassle of parking in the lot and traffic.

I’m not saying it’s close, but here are some shots Ann took of a few of the planes arriving:

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Okay, I shamefully admit to cropping these images, but you can see them very close (from an adjacent parking lot) on their approach. I’m sure it will be a day filled with tons of photo ops so check back tomorrow for a slew of images added to my Flickr account.

As far as Sunday goes, nothing is planned. Good!

Hey, you like squirrels? This one liked me a little too much! As you will see in the video* below, s/he followed me a good distance down the dirt path that leads to my train stop. When I noticed I was being pursued, I grabbed the trusty Kodak DX6490 and shot this clip:

Note that I was indeed walking backwards down the path which isn’t straight. It’s lined with shrubs on either side and the path winds back and forth the whole way, so I’m lucky I didn’t walk into anything (or anyone). I’m sorry I didn’t have any food for the little critter, but his friend fared well a month ago (from the Phone-Cam):

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Yeah, I’m a sucker for these little guys. But when you see so many of them running around the middle of a corporate location on a daily basis, you can’t help but start to appreciate seeing them do their thing.

Have a great weekend!


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NEWS: Police and Fire @ Work


Good morning…police everywhere outside building…nobody being let in…updates will follow…

UPDATED: Apparently a fire alarm was set off. All clear and we’re back at work. Yay…?

As Seen This Morning


In what could become a regular feature here, I’m going to post a link to a set of pictures I took this morning. I just haven’t had much to say lately, so don’t be fooled by yesterday’s ramblings about Domo-Kun.

You can see what I saw at this Flickr set. Note that these were in the same parking lot just a few spaces away from each other.

Enjoy!