Saturday, June 30, 2007

Quite a day...

Ever since I've started my new position at work, it has steadily gotten easier Monday through Thursday's, but my Friday's still, in a word, suck. I normally work 14-16 hours, as we have hundreds of plates that have to be printed and a very limited time frame in which to do so. Last night I got home around 11PM, hung out for a few hours, then finally went to bed when the last Packet page was printed. Well, apparently that's when the fun began. Some part of the new press (I'm still not sure which part) suffered some manner of electrical failure. They got the Gazette out the door, but they were unable to print Saturday's Packet.

The phone rang at 9AM sharp - Elizabeth (the Packet Copy Desk Chief) called to tell me the news and that the press was still not fixed. I got dressed, packed up my trusty MacBook and headed in, all the while trying to figure out how (or who) would be printing our paper if we couldn't get it fixed. Anyway, what followed was one of the most nerve-racking days I've ever had at work (and on a day when I'm not supposed to be working no less). Long story short - I had to send our Saturday edition to the Savannah Morning News so that they could print it (it will be delivered tomorrow with the Sunday Packet), and then I had to send our Sunday Real Estate sections to the Statesboro Herald. In between I re-dummied sections, trained a newsroom to make PDF's, and made friends with my counterparts from two different papers. It was total chaos for most of the day, and I must have made/recieved 20 phone calls. Yet at no point did I feel in any way out of control of the situation - compare this to my first few weeks on the job, when I thought my head was going to explode every 20 seconds and any little thing would set me off. For as crappy a day as it was, the sliver lining for me is that I think I've finally adapted to my new role at work. Only took 4 months!

They finally managed to get the press up and running around 6:30 this evening, and we were able to get our real estate sections out (which was a good thing because the press in Statesboro can't handle as much color as ours can, so if they had printed it we would have had to eat color on 16 pages - which would have cost us a ton of money). I stuck around and printed some plates for Sunday's A section, then headed home. I've only gotten one call since I've been home, and was able to fix that remotely. Still, for as much as I'd like to stay up and see the plates printed, I am dead-tired, so I will just have to hope for the best. One thing's for sure - tomorrow I may just have to go buy a Packet out of a rack. I will be so happy to see one printed I won't mind paying $1.50 for it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A pretty pair...

The Earth and Moon as seen from Mars on May 8th, 2003....more info and pics here. I have to say that although I am always more facinated by what might be going on outside our solar system, to stand on another planet and see Earth would be amazing. I'll put it on my list of things to do before I die....

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Honey....can you please make me one??!!

How to make your own Green Lantern ring!!

"In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight! Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power.. Green Lantern's light!"

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Keeping my baby

So the lease on my car is coming to an end - I can't believe it's been 5 years already. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in the Toyota dealership trying to get them down to a payment around $300 a month....ya know....cuz a certain someone hadn't hired me yet but Allison was getting ready to start at SCAD so she needed her car full time - I had to have a car of my own and a lease was all I could afford. When I agreed to said lease I knew it would come back to bite me in the ass but 60 months seemed so far away at the time! Anyway, fast forward 57 months and Toyota is calling me every other day wanting the car back. It only took me a few Google searches to realize why - I still own $9,000 on the car, but apparently a 2002 Celica with 50,000 miles retails for more than $11,000 - I'm sure they could make a killing if they resold her.

Knowing that I did still owe $9,000 on the car, on top of already having paid nearly $18,000 over these five years including finance charges, it occurred to me that I would ultimately pay almost $28,000 for a car that I bought for $20,200. Yikes!! It is obviously a rip-off, and I started to think that I should probably turn her in and get something new....I looked around at Toyota's current offerings, but wasn't all that impressed. They just don't make anything like the Celica anymore.....sporty but practical. I looked around at some other cars, and the only one that I found remotely interesting was the new Dodge Avenger - but that was really only because it came with a 20GB hard drive to store music and had an in-dash GPS. While it appealed to my geeky side (yes, I'm aware I have no other side besides a geeky one) once you get done adding that hard drive and a few other options it's a $23,000 car, and I just can't see spending that much money on a transportation appliance. So my plan was to put off the decision for another few weeks, and keep my options open. Then last weekend when I was traveling to Greenville doing about 90 (hey, so was everybody else) a huge truck just decided that he needed to get in my lane, regardless of whether or not I was there first. He came over and I had about a half-a-second to either slam on the breaks (not an option since some dude was right on my bumper) or swerve into the median - which I did. I then floored the gas and passed him before he could clip my rear end. After applying a well-deserved middle finger to the situation, I got to thinking about all the times my car has gotten me out of a seemingly impossible jam unscathed - more times than I can count. It was then that I decided once and for all that no matter what it ended up costing me, I was going to keep my baby - it seemed like the least I could do.

I called Southeast Toyota Finance today and re-fied the car for another 3 years. Hopefully it won't take me that long to pay it off, but once I do she will officially be mine....and I couldn't be happier about it.