So, yes, things have been a bit of a drag lately.
* The youngest sister does indeed have breast cancer, though it seems that it might be very easily dispatched. She has to have several more tests done before they do a surgery. Provided said tests show that the fucking cancer has not spread, her treatment should be relatively minor (lump removal, short term of radiation, no chemo). No matter what; you have to understand that my youngest sister is my favorite family member. She is cut from the same cloth as me, and I know exactly how she feels. I am torn up six ways to Sunday over all of this, and I want to hurt someone or something for causing this to happen to her. I know that's a nonsensical reaction, but it is what it is.
* Meanwhile, at work, we discovered that the Governor of the great state of New Jersey will send out lay off notices to all state employees next month. Of course, this is just a move on his part to cause fear, and create derision amongst the rank and file ... so far, he's getting just what he wants.
Look, I know that the economy is in the crapper, and I know that sacrifices must be made, I get it. But there are better ways to propose such things to the workers.
I, for one, am backing my union on this fight. We have a contract, and it must be honored. If they want us to furlough 14 days next year, and not get a cost of living raise, fine, but then it HAS to be across the board for the legislators, the political appointees, and the various other bastards hiding amongst our ranks. Furthermore, no more promotions should be given out (and trust me, there are promotions afoot - at least in my neck of the woods), and it's time to seriously reconsider the amount of wasted money I see doled out on a daily basis.
* Also at work, I have witnessed a good friend and co-worker treated like shit over a situation. Once more, the lack of any type of consideration for the rest of us from management is reprehensible. That a conscientious individual was pretty much kicked in the ass after putting himself and his health at risk over a situation that NO ONE want's to take responsibility for, makes me sick.
I want to have a Bastille Day - Like occurrence at Officeland soon.