Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Learned Helplessness

Group dynamics, especially in a workplace setting, can be rather fascinating. And frustrating...

A box of take-out Chinese food left on the table in the Break Room. Items left in the fridge for days or weeks past their expiration dates. Messy tables. Messy coffee area. How long does it take for someone to notice and clean things up? Why do people become immune or blind to such situations when in a group setting? Or do they truly act the same way at home as well?

For an entire day, no faxes were received and no fax confirmations were printed. The fax machine indicates that it's out of toner. Perhaps replacing the toner cartridge could solve this problem. If you've sent a fax but see no confirmation, or expect to receive a fax and don't, why don't you take a look at the machine to see if you can determine what the problem is? Though messy, replacing the toner cartridge immediately fixes everything. Why did a whole day go by without anyone figuring that out?

By now I should probably be used to things like this, to that sort of group mentality that says, "Well, OK, so I noticed that something wasn't quite right, but I figured I'd let someone else take care of it because it's not my responsibility" or "It just doesn't really matter to me" or "It doesn't inconvenience me so why should I care if it inconveniences my colleagues or makes our operations less effective?"

I guess it all comes down to the very basic level of simple common courtesy and consideration of others, but of course that relies on the fact that we acknowledge and admit that others exist and that they are equally important (if not more so) than we. Not always an easy task. And I have no idea how to make it easier or more widespread.

Any suggestions???


Updated Stats from Race for the Cure

So I was worried that the "official" race results would somehow be not so good, considering that the Race for the Cure doesn't use timing chips and there was a huge logjam in my particular lane of the corral as we finished that delayed collection of our bib ID strips. However, exactly the opposite was true! Yay! I considered my finish to be 24:07, but the official results posted on the web site are as follows:

Time = 23:53 (woo-hoo!)
Pace = 7:41 (woo-hoo again!)
Division (female 30-34) = 8 out of 110 (wow! I made the top 10!)
All female runners= 60 out of 868
All runners = 279 out of 1,531

Not a bad event, if I may say so myself...


Busy Saturday

One entire week off from running for my ankle to recuperate last week. Hit the treadmill for the first time this week on Tuesday and all seemed fine. Another session on Thursday just to make sure, and I felt good to go for this morning's Race for the Cure, held at Cal Expo.

If you're not familiar with this annual event, check out the Sac Komen web site: This is one of the largest of these events in the US, with over 22,000 participants!!! Only about 2,000 of us did the timed 5K run, though, so at least the field was a little smaller. Beautiful weather for a run this morning, too.

My goal was to finish in under 25:00. The race timer when I crossed the finish line read 24:07, so I was pretty pleased, especially since that means I ran sub-8:00 miles all the way (the first mile was about 7:40 according to a fellow runner - that's definitely fast for me). Unfortunately, Mr. E couldn't join me in the run as originally planned since his recurring left calf injury flared up about 2 weeks ago and still needs another 1-2 weeks of recovery before he can hit the trails again. *sigh* Injuries suck!

In other news, we just got back from a Spring Celebration at Cline for Pendulum Club members, where we got to taste all sorts of yummy wines, including some reserves and two barrel tastings for wines that won't be bottled until 6-12 months from now (a Syrah and an Ancient Vines Mourvedre). Of course we couldn't resist bringing some wine back to Sac with us, so we're now fairly well stocked with 16 new bottles of various Cline offerings: Viognier, Pinot Gris/Chardonnay blend, Jacuzzi Pinot Grigio, '03 Cashmere, '02 Cashmere (only 18 bottles left and we got 2 of 'em!), '01 Sonoma County Syrah (far superior to the '02 Carneros Syrah), Jacuzzi Sangiovese, Oakley 5 Reds. Mmmmmmmm... A few were set aside for aging and/or special occasions.

Now we're off to a Home Tour of 5 of the 36 units in our condo association. Mr. E & I organized this as part of our "Social Committee" activities, and I think we'll have about 10-12 folks showing up to participate, which is a pretty good turn-out for this population. Should be interesting to see what others have done with their homes, especially since we've got our own ideas for potential future projects.

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow!