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September 15th, 2005

(no subject) @ 01:26 pm

First of all, my sincere condolences to freyas_fire, whose Lugh passed away yesterday.

Speaking of cats, Minnie and Max had their first trip to the vet yesterday. Mary was worried about Minnie, whose "meow" sounds more like a quack than a squeak, thinking that she might have gotten into something that hurt her, but the vet said what we've known all along, that they're both healthy and happy and extraordinarily playful. She gave them all of their shots, including the FIV and FIP vaccines, and told us that they'd probably be very quiet in the afternoon, what with their immune systems occupied. They slept for about an hour, then resumed running around the house, chasing after (and being chased by) any and every cat that walked by, playing with Mary's knitting needles while Mary was trying to knit with them, and in general causing all sorts of very funny things to happen.

Yesterday, after paying my estimated taxes, I went out to have another drug test done, because the people for whose benefit I paid said estimated taxes felt that the facility at which I had the original test done had cooties and told me to have it done somewhere else. Mary and I drove up and down one particular stretch of road several times looking for one of them, at which point we decided to head home and find another facility. I found a facility that, as it turns out, was much closer to home, and went there, where I was informed that, in order to have a drug test done, I had to have the orders of the people who had requested said drug test. By now having wasted half the day trying to please these people, I left a nasty voice mail message for our project leader and went home. Having not heard from my contact yesterday, I sent an email. Turns out they received the original drug test results (which, for those of you who think I have something to hide, were clean. I don't even drink anymore) and felt that they were all right after all, but that the final determination would be by the security group (who hasn't even seen the entire packet yet, so God alone knows what they're going to ask for next, since it now has to sit on someone's desk for a week or so when it gets there).

EDIT: That ended rather abruptly, didn't it?

Anyway, we'll have to see what this particular federal agency has to say when they see my paperwork. I'm sure I'll have a whole lot more to say when they call and ask me for all kinds of other documentation, etc.
 
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From:cadona
Date:September 15th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
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At my last place of employment I had to have a drug test. It was the first and, so far, only time I have been required to pee in a cup for a drug test. The whole experience left me feeling like an unsavory character. I had to leave my purse and they even checked my pockets. After I amused myself with scenarios for getting urine replacements into the cube where I sent to fill the cup.

Now I am working for the state. Here they did a criminal history check back to when I was a teenager. But at least here I understand it. There have been times when I had in my possession very large sums of money.

I suppose we can look on the bright side and decide that it is good to be validated for the honest people we are.
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From:cadona
Date:September 15th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
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At my last place of employment I had to have a drug test. It was the first and, so far, only time I have been required to pee in a cup for a drug test. The whole experience left me feeling like an unsavory character. I had to leave my purse and they even checked my pockets. After I amused myself with scenarios for getting urine replacements into the cube where I was sent to fill the cup.

Now I am working for the state. Here they did a criminal history check back to when I was a teenager. But at least here I understand it. There have been times when I had in my possession very large sums of money.

I suppose we can look on the bright side and decide that it is good to be validated for the honest people we are.
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From:cadona
Date:September 15th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
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Wow, look two. How did I do that?
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From:john_holton
Date:September 15th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
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What can I say? You're talented!
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From:bayarts
Date:September 15th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
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I feel terrible for freyas_fire. Every time I lose a pet, I ask myself why on earth I keep choosing companions that have shorter life spans than I do...because it's always so painful when we lose them...but I keep right on getting them. sigh....

Enjoyed your kitty stories. I know that you and Mary must be great cat moms and dads, too.

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From:john_holton
Date:September 15th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
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We do our best. That's really all you can do.

I have to believe that pets have the same sort of eternal life that all of us are promised, and that we will be reunited with them when we pass from this life. If not, I don't want to go.

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...