Obligatory: Nobody likes you when you’re 23.
What are your plans for tomorrow, since it’s turkey day in the US
Morning: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
1300: Lions’ Game. I don’t remember who they’re playing. Detroit were the first with a Thanksgiving game, adn I kinda dig that. It’s a shame that they are only pre-merger NFL team to not even appear in a Super Bowl since the merger. (The Cardinals and Failcons have both lost one. The Vikings have lost four.)
1600: Redskins at Cowboys. Even if there was going to be snow in Dallas this year, you wouldn’t be able to see it thanks to the Jerrydome. For everything that sucked about Texas Stadium (the weird crown in the middle of the field, the Cowbosy, their fans, etc.), at least there was some weather. (Even if the rain was God crying about seeing how awful the Cowboys were…..) I don’t know what to think about AT&T ((whateveritis)). It’s big. The screen over the middle of the field is now just tacky. (Insert whatever snipe you’d like along the lines of, “what else would you expect in Dallas?”)
Dinner will happen somewhere in there. It’s just my wife and I together this year. We’ve been together ten years, married six, and this will be the first one that’s just us. I’m letting her handle all the preparations. Our little galley-sized kitchen doesn’t really lend itself to grand preparations. Then there’s the fact that it’s just the two of us eating.
Other than turkey, pumpkin cheesecake, and some sort of cranberry cocktail she found, I’m not sure what’s on the menu. She was planning some sort of roasted root vegetable medley, but couldn’t find parsnips or something. (I think I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve knowingly eaten parsnips. When we took my mom out for her birthday last year, the restaurant had some sort of root vegetable bisque that I ordered. It was remarkably good.)
Later, I’m tempted not to watch the night game. Though I’m really happy to see that there’s a game with an AFC team, I am not particularly fond of the Colts or the Stilluhrs. (On the bright side, Roethlisberger Girl probably will have no problem finding a place to sit in Indianapolis….) But these are two bad teams with blitz-happy gimmick 3-4 defenses. To quote Ke$ha, “you can’t imagine the immensity of the fuck I’m not giving.” At least the Lions aren’t terrible this year, playing someone else terrible.
But I’m ready for the long break. The only thing I have planned for Friday is my Tysabri infusion first thing in the morning. December, too, should be rather uneventful. I only have three visits to the white coat brigades. My brother and SIL are supposed to visit for Christmas, now that they’re back from Texas.
I wish some of the time I have off was paid, but at least I’m no longer in the previous hellhole.
Speaking of the previous hellhole, when I left, they gave me zero exit paperwork. The disability policy I signed up for lapsed. (I won’t say too much about how they defrauded me on it, because when I went to use it, it didn’t cover something they said it would when I signed up….) The vision insurance lapsed, though that really wasn’t a big deal since I’d been paying for private vision insurance on top of whatever this providedl. It was also only something like ten bucks a month. The lack of exit paperwork saw that I didn’t get the information about rolling over my tiny 401K.
I wouldn’t have even thought about it; I try to think as little as possible about those (negative slur)s. I did end up thinking about it, however, when they sent me notification that they were paying me penalties and interest for an error they’d made with a company match.
Oh, y’all fucked it up? How can I feign surprised? Now, how do I roll over the pittance to my IRA, because there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that I’d ever work for you (negative slur)s again.
So, what happens? They sent me a form to fill out that said I couldn’t sign electronically. The best business practices of 1985. Even a wire transfer of the funds would cost me money. The only free way to get my pittance takes weeks. We’ll see when I actually get my money.
I also need to roll over my much-larger 401K from the place where I worked 2007-2013. They switched financial services providers, and rolled all my stuff over. Recently, they went back to the original company. I called the original company to do a rollover, and the new, since-abandoned, company still had my account. What?
I thought there was a chance I’d go back to work for the long-term company at some point, but considering how long it’s been, it’s probably never happening.
Further, considering what I’ve learned since they cast me off, there’d need to be more than a bit of a sales job on it. While they weren’t doing any of the criminal shit, themselves, I had suspicions that something untoward was going on. I told the division manager explicitly not to hire one guy. I didn’t know what was going on, exactly, but I was concerned about the too-close relationship between him, and someone in the government.
Both will be in Federal Pound-Me-In-The-Ass Prison for several more years. (The guy I told them not to hire was the bagman for the quarter-million dollars worth of bribes the govvie was getting…..)
Back to Thanksgiving, though. When I left radio, my first Thanksgiving “free” involved an extended drive to Florida in a box truck the day after the holiday.
The next year, I was actually back on the air at WNIS, filling in for someone.
That is weird; it’ll be ten years since I was last on the air.