Thursday, April 27, 2017


It has been a long couple of weeks.  Today was a big meeting of the Board of Directors, and our work was presented.  (We aren't actually allowed in the board room, not even if we hide in the back.)  Apparently, it went well, and we'll be briefed tomorrow.  There is still quite a bit of follow-up work, but maybe the pace of work will be a bit more reasonable, at least for a few weeks.  This is actually the first time in a very long time I didn't bring my laptop home.

In addition, I managed to mail off all the taxes.  I was so close previously, but then found I had to file a Schedule 8, which then forced me to revise 5 other forms.  Which was a total drag, but the upshot was that my tax return will actually be larger.  As I have delved deeper into some of the more arcane rules, it looks like I probably do need to file amended taxes for 2014 and 2015.  I'll wait until next week to get started on that, however.

Getting home on transit was a real drag today (and actually the morning wasn't great either).  I was so glad when I finally got off the train.  I stopped in at the library and grabbed some CDs that were on the hold shelf for me.  I got sprinkled on a little bit, but on the whole I beat the rain.  I kind of feel at loose ends a bit today, but I think I'll try to rest up, maybe write up a couple of book reviews, and then if there is any time left, start revising Corporate Codes of Conduct.  I have heard about a company looking for new scripts, and this might just fit the bill.

BTW, I really had to rush on this short script, between also wrapping up taxes and all the extra tasks I had to do at work, but I think it came out reasonably well.  You may remember there is a movie by Shinoda called Double Suicide (on the Criterion label in North America).  I decided I would call my piece Double Sabbatical, taking a slightly less fatalistic view of what would happen if two academics took a sabbatical at the same time.  I even snuck in a Haiku as a bit of a reference to the Japanese film.  If interested, you can read it here.  I hope to find out in another day or two if it will go up at Sing-for-Your-Supper.  But it is nice to find that the creative juices are still flowing; I just need to harness them a bit more so that I can finish up some of these longer pieces.

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