I'll be the first to admit it. I'm crazy.
What prompts me to share this about myself? Well, first of all, it's probably no secret. Crazy is simply an altered state of mind sometimes.
see an oh-so-true story here). Again. And I can't help but wonder if they had tanked from week one as expected whether it would be less disappointing. But in a line from Avatar, "Eventually, you've got to wake up". And we did. To a nightmare.
The craziness is that my team is my team, thirty years ago, twenty years, ago ten years ago, today, and for however long I know who I am. I can't help it. It's not a choice, believe me, because I'd much rather a follow a team that actually won Super Bowls once in a while. But we don't. And, they're still my team.
I'm nothing if not loyal. Or crazy.
T-Day Travel Survival Guide.
But as I've said in years past Thanksgiving is a special Holiday for me. It is unique each year because it truly does provide time to pause and give thanks. And I do.
It's a time for family, and with my mom at 82 years old I'm thankful for every Thanksgiving we get to spend together. For her I'm willing to brave airports, and crazed people, and more general travel upheaval. Why? Because its' my mom, because I'm crazy, and...I'm nothing if not loyal. And I'm consistent.
This has been a whirlwind week. I've started a new project so I'm buried deep under the weight of on-boarding. I'm finishing up some loose ends, while at the same time trying to arrange other complicated logistics. It's been a good week, though, and I hope it continues as such.
Tonight the small group that's my workgroup (3 of us) went out for Happy Hour. It was our first opportunity to bond outside of the 10 hours a day we spend looking at each other across our desks. Plus alcohol is a wonderful team builder and/or social lubricant.
We've been filling out background check forms, taking online training courses, and generally coming up to speed very quickly - we've all been hired specifically for this monster project. And after tonight's time together I can honestly say we're a pretty cool group and I'm looking forward to our working together. I like our dynamics...
But back to the crazy thing....Last year I drove down to Charleston from Harrisburg with a turkey in my trunk. I left the house at 4am in hopes of getting there in time to cook, and then eat. I did. I can say without hesitation that I'd much rather be in the air over the next few days than in a car. But I may find myself choking on those words by the time I get back. I hope not.
I have a couple of interesting things to share tonight before I get to bed...
One is an intriguing study that finds that Trans workers who are "Out" at work have higher overall job satisfaction (see details here).
see story here). I remember a time when there were no books at all about the lives of trans people - period. That's one of the reasons I published mine, because it would have been so helpful for me at the time. And although I haven't read this book I think it's important to have these kinds of mainstream opportunities to share. Columbia University Press published this book, and that's the same publisher who published my dads last books. Getting that kind of recognition from an academic press isn't easy - Lord don't I know - so although I admittedly don't read much, I'm intrigued.
And with that - I'll wish anyone and everyone who somehow happens to read what I share here a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. May you be safe, be happy, and be at peace - wherever you are.