NYC 2009

I’m eastbound on the Pennsylvanian.  Me and my wireless Internet connection (who says Verizon phones can’t be tethered?) are parked up front in Business Class.  An angry, Macbook-toting, hoodie-wearing emo is angrily kicking the seat of an old man in front of him.  My complimentary coffee is strong.  And free.  The fields of Lancaster county flash past the window as 700 tons of Amtrak-stamped steel hurtle through at 60 mph.

Somewhere in the distance, a cow moos.

What used to be a monthly trip for me has, over the years, dropped to an every-other month trip, then almost entirely out of sight.  Obligations of my previous position at work (which I am not complaining about, I voluntarily chose to work all those crazy shifts) made travel plans almost impossible.  But now, with my M-F 8-4 job firmly entrenched, I decided to dip into my massive pile of annual leave and disappear for a while.

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September ’09 Tweetup

Oops – forgot to post this.  September’s Central PA Tweetup is taking place tonight at 7pm in the Abbey Bar (upstairs at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg). Given the weather, we’ll probably be inside.  Might be a tad chilly and/or rainy to be outdoors.

And sorry for the late posting.  But we do this every third Wednesday, so it’s not like you didn’t have any advance notice!

August Tweetup

Scrap your plans and come join us at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg for food, drink, and merriment this Wednesday beginning at 7pm for our monthly Central PA Tweetup!  It may (or may not) pour like a bastard, so we may (or may not) be inside somewhere.  Either way we’ll be on second floor.  If the pile of laptops and iPhones doesn’t give our group away, just ask a bartender where the Tweetup is.  They love us.

Payday is Not The End

As you’ve probably already heard by now, those of us on the 8/7 pay cycle received our full pay (along with back pay) this past Friday.  With a few exceptions, everybody on the alternate cycle will be paid this coming Friday.  This is a bittersweet victory for us state employees who were asking for nothing more than our paycheck.  While most of us have been released from being pawns to our governor’s and legislature’s political games, the budget has still not been passed.

And there’s still the issue of inappropriate behavior by our elected officials — both Republican and Democratic.

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