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A Couple of Days in a Row

Tuesday, Day 36: Many people have probably heard about the storms that crashed into Phoenix (and all of Arizona, really) on Tuesday. I took several pictures on Tuesday afternoon.

This appeared, a little faded, but pretty, on the sky as I came home:

I took that through the windshield at a red light. I tried to get a few more when i got home, but none of them were much better. It wasn't a very bright rainbow.

The skies darkened again, and it looked like this:

Then came Wednesday, Day 37,

Camelback Mountain, in all its glory, and the old Bedrock-style bank building on the corner of 44th Street and Camelback Road:

And then today, Day 38,

This isn't a BAD shot of the sun coming through our stained glass window, which Barb's Aunt Elizabeth made for us:

The storms may have affected last night's dream, where Barb and I were in the living room watching it rain, hard, and I then realized that the water was all the way up to our porch and across the street entirely -- then a giant wave came rushing up the street and I remember panicking as I woke up. Not sure what it means when you dream of cataclysmic flood. (And, oddly, should our neighborhood actually flood THAT badly, the wave would have been going the OTHER way, not uphill, as it did in the dream.)

Our current bosses are telling us not to take anything for granted and make sure we're ready for disappointment when the word comes down as to where they're going to put the new Imaging units. The comments on the office Intranet are heartbreaking, for people in our units who are totally out of luck -- living no where NEAR a Tech Center, as we are here in Phoenix/Tempe -- since the Company isn't moving people, anyone who wanted to move to keep their jobs would have to move themselves -- and who is going to go through that, including uprooting their families and trying to sell their houses, in this economy, for a $36,000-a-year job?

If they DON'T select Tempe/Phoenix for an Imaging Center, then I am out of luck, and I am terrified. And today my truck's starter ignition is getting stuck -- really stuck, so I have to fiddle with it to get it to turn over. (And I can't take the bus anymore, Phoenix Metro downsized all the routes that could get me to work on time.)

I'm scared. I'm depressed. I went into my 401K and upped my paycheck contributions -- might as well get as much as I can before the $#%@ hits the fan. I've been barely able to save a couple hundred bucks in my ordinary savings accounts, and I had been hoping to take SOME of that to Orlando.

I know I'm a good worker, and I'm really good at my job. But if they don't put the Imaging Center here, where can I go? Every unit I have ever considered posting out to is in the same "downsizing" boat -- sometimes I wish our company would just SUCK IT UP and instead of doing all this dancing around, just do layoffs. I know they're proud they never have before, and always crow about how they don't do that, but seriously -- this uncertainty is stressful. If! If! If!

The funny thing is, we're still getting all the new equipment and new program that they've been developing. They're going to be spending all this money on this, and then getting rid of most of us?


I'm going to make Thai cabbage wraps again tonight. This time with ground turkey. I hope it comes out good.


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Oct. 8th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)

I assume you got here with my accidental truncated post! (I went to hit "preview" and accidentally hit "post" instead!) The rest of the pictures and my yammering are in there now! :-)

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Oct. 8th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Oh, and it PORED, it really did! I couldn't believe how much rain we got (and we were lucky in our part of town, we didn't get any of that destructive hail!).

Thanks, and THANKS!!! I really do like my job, I don't WANT to have to go looking for something else, but... *crosses fingers*

Oct. 8th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
I love the rainbow and Camelback.

EEP for dream.
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
I was having fun with pictures during that rainstorm!

I know -- it was remarkably vivid.
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
I was staring at some gorgeous pictures of tornadoes today and thinking how fascinating it would be to take photos of them.

...then I think, "noooo, that'd be BAD."
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Some brave folks got some really scary/impressive shots of the tornadoes in the Flagstaff area, but they don't come down this way very often!

Oct. 8th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
I have dreams (nightmares?) about being a stormchaser.
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Having lived most of my life in Arizona, tornadoes usually don't trouble my sleep!
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
I've never not lived in one tornado alley or another. *shrug* They're scarier than hurricanes. :D
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
yeah, sillymagpie agrees with you.

Oct. 8th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
*sniggers* I knew I liked her.
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
i hadn't heard about the storms until my dad asked me how you all were doing. Yikes. really neat shots

sorry to hear about the work stress though
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Yep, Arizona hits the National news when we have storms that rip telephone poles (and trees) out of the ground! The hail was unbelievable; entire car lots had to be totaled out because of the broken windows and massive number of dents. Apparently they were the second-largest hailstones in Maricopa County history!

Thanks. I don't handle stress well...

Oct. 8th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
i went thru a hailstorm like that in WI once where whole car lots had to trash their inventory. i took photos, there was so much it looked like snow

yeah i don't either so you have my sympathy
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't actually SEE any hail myself, but everyone was passing pictures around the office.

Oct. 8th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
i bet. that had to be pretty freaky for you all. You don't get that much or at least I do't think you do
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Every so often, but very, very rarely with that kind of intensity!

The tornadoes in the high country was the REALLY freaky thing. Mountain country doesn't usually see tornadoes.
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
yes that is true. it had to be wild
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Tempe/Phoenix for an Imaging Center
I just want you guys to be happy!

You and Barb are some of the best folks I know!
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Tempe/Phoenix for an Imaging Center
{hugs very tight!}

Oct. 8th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
My fingers are crossed for your job. I know how hard uncertainty is to deal with, and it really does suck. ::hugs::
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
{clings tight}
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
[sending good thoughts for stresses and storms]
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
When I heard about the tornadoes in the PHX area, I totally thought of you. Strange weather for October, no? Glad you're ok and not actually consumed by gravity-defying floods like from your dream. I also hope things work out with your job. Stuff like that always stressed me out to the point of mental collapse.
Oct. 10th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Well, "Phoenix area" as in Arizona, but a good three-hour drive away! Still, we had very impressive hail and rain down here!

I am trying to be of good cheer! After all, there's nothing I can do until I KNOW, so I might as well get on with it!
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