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About ShadowLion

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  • Birthday 08/22/1958


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  1. < Rant about the "great" corporatization and deregulation of America > I decided not to post my incisive but inflammatory commentary on the state of our society. Suffice to say I've seen and experienced much the same things and have many thoughts and feelings about them!
  2. That is great you have such an awesome boss! It's so nice when you know you are valued and appreciated.
  3. Glad you got the time off. Thanks for the info. Your theory and your explanations of the staffing dynamics, state oversight ineffectiveness, and corporations maximizing short term profits over anything else are about what I expected. Unfortunately. I was seeing similar, though not yet as severe, things in the 2000s as an EMT when transporting patients between nursing homes and the hospital. The warehousing of the old and the use of underpaid and inadequately trained staff are still happening. I am glad the state stepped in with some effective education and assistance for handling
  4. Wrapping up... OBJECTIVES I resolve to use the next five weeks to: √ 1) Reduce my soda consumption √ 2) Increase my physical activity √ 3) Reduce my stress level √ 4) Create cool stuff GOALS & RESULTS 1) Reduce my soda consumption to 25% (or less) of what I am currently drinking, with the end goal of being 100% soda free on or before November 1st, 2020. RESULT: I reduced my consumption to 30% of what I was drinking. Close to the goal, and I will continue to reduce my consumption in the next challenge, though I am struggli
  5. I'm glad you're able to take a day off. It sounds like you've been really stretched to your limit and need some time to relax and recalibrate. That said, I see a strong reaction to how you were treated as being a reasonable one and totally understandable. You were not treated well or fairly, language barrier or no. Professional, she was not. That doesn't speak to the internals of your reaction, though, and how that may be ricocheting around in your head. Whole other ballgame there. I know, for myself anyway, that just getting angry can kick off a chain reaction of other
  6. You're welcome! Wow, your family is sure seeing the CA wildfire situation up close. Can't imagine... 😀 Yes, tremendous respect. They did an amazing job under harrowing conditions. Doing alright. Need to catch up a bit, but got in some art time this weekend which was much needed! I hear you. I can't think of anyplace in the San Joaquin where I'd want to live. I left California 35 years ago for Flagstaff, AZ and would have been happy spending the rest of my life there. Fluke of fate that I've ended up in Phoenix, which is like a chunk of LA was transpla
  7. FIRE AVIATION FRIDAY Creek Fire Rescue Operation In the past, fire aviation resources were grounded by dusk for safety reasons. In the new normal for western US megafires, that is changing. But there is one thing, now and historically, that has always caused air units to take to the night skies, even under dangerous conditions - rescue operations. A normal holiday weekend turns into a rescue for the record books for Stockton, California based Chinook and Black Hawk crews. Full Story: Fire Aviation Magazine For those of you who like planes an
  8. This has been a challenging week: I have been trying to be It's Friday and
  9. Bob's Red Mill is in Milwaukie, OR, south of Portland. That may have been it, as my mom and dad spent time on a couple of trips to the PNW when my brother lived in Portland. It was really sad. My mom so wanted to save all of those things, but there was no way we were going to have time to properly crate a stained glass window. It would have fallen apart in transit. Oh, Emma, that must have been terrifying! I knew you were somewhere in Sonoma County and had to evacuate before, but didn't realize that was the fire. (Or one of the fires? I think you said you've
  10. It is definitely real, but I like to go stealth. No one would think the mousy little old lady is a super-hero in disguise - haha! I just turned 62; I was in my mid-fifties when I first started disappearing from view. The being dismissed does get under my skin, though. Happens at work all the time. I tell myself that I probably wouldn't have the freedom without some annoyance factor in exchange. Kind of helps. Unwanted is harder. Hoping the winds stay calm and people are being careful.
  11. Me, too. It is visceral - an instinct level form of self protection. Aging enhances the effect. I remember the first time I realized I'd reached the age of invisibility. Being over 50, fat, and letting my hair go gray was like a Romulan cloaking device. It gave me a great sense of relief. No more of the constantly appraising eyes; no more of the subtle (and not so subtle) physical contacts, handiness, and invasions of space. Excess weight can bestow a certain sense of freedom that is difficult to let go of.
  12. TRUCK PORN TUESDAY The view (and the radio traffic) from inside the truck... Well, I had it ready to post on Tuesday, at least. Then got distracted and never actually posted it! 🤦‍♀️
  13. He had custom touches like that throughout the house. I wish I'd taken pictures of the stained glass windows he'd made. We were so focused on getting the smaller items boxed up, we didn't think to take pictures of the things that were still there when we left. Plans had been made for those, but none of us dreamed that someone would break in and take them. Someone did, though. My uncle had made a stained glass window of a bald eagle in flight and installed it high up on the living room wall on the second story. You could look out and see the blue sky and clouds moving behind it and it almost lo
  14. I missed the big one in my list! Go ahead and wallow, sometimes that's what it takes to feel better! The details of your work night sound really sad and lonely all the way around, like no one is able to communicate or share much, even if they want to. I can see why you would feel isolated and cut off. My experience of diversity is quite a lot different, probably because everyone in my workplace speaks English, though half the developers on my team are based in Latin America - Mexico, Bolivia, Peru - and the company has quite a few developers from other parts of the world, too. The
  15. I don't blame you for wanting to cry! From my time as an EMT, I know how those sorts of things can wear you down over time, especially if you putting a lot of energy into your own inner work. It can leave you feeling raw and with less available in your emotional well for others. Beyond emergency responses, we also did a lot of transports between nursing homes, hospitals and dialysis centers. It was often very sad work. There's a lot of suffering that isn't preventable, but there is so much that comes from human laziness, stupidity, and greed - individual or collective. It's maddeni
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