Friday, October 13, 2017

Best of the wrinkly dogs: The Shar-Pei Nationals

The Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America held their annual National Specialty show this year in Sacramento (CA) from October 9th through 13. Prior to the Nationals, the Golden State Chinese Shar-Pei Club held a specialty show. I was able to attend on Thursday, October 12th. This was my FIRST Shar-Pei Nationals and I had a ball.

The lady in blue is Deanna Liskey. We met when I lived in CA and joined the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Northern California in 2000. 

SPAID testing table

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Automation is killing jobs

I'm going to date myself with this post. I remember a time before answering machines, mobile phones, personal computers, and self-serve kiosks. Folks had manners (for the most part - there have always been exceptions). Technology has been lauded as a wonderful part of civilization. Yes, science has given us medical marvels and taken us to the Moon and back but have all the modern wonders been to our true benefits?

Let us take a look.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Puck has dropped for the new NHL season!

Get excited hockey fans for the 2017-2018 season began this week, complete with the 31rst member of the League: the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Welcome guys!

All teams had a moment of silence for  the victims of the Las Vegas shooting (see attached link for a video):
With an aging group of key players, most of the hockey writers place San Jose at high odds of winning the Stanley Cup (29 to 1). The Hockey News predicts the Sharks will finish fourth on the Pacific, thus not making the play-offs.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017 Reno Balloon Races

The skies were filled with color with weekend in Reno as giant balloons filled the air. I was able to snap some photos from afar. The event started on Thursday, September 7th and continue through September 10th.

Coco wasn't impressed by the balloons. She had more fun watching the kids.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Accountability - again

When I was growing up I remember hearing (or maybe I read it) that the only thing you can truly own is your mistakes. Own them. Admitting errors or  true lack of knowledge (or that I just forgot) rather than lying about the problem showed my bosses that I had standards and ethics. I was able to take responsibility for my actions.

It's not easy saying, "Yes, I screwed up. I did that." The only actually serious complaint I received (to date) as a Dispatcher came in my first year. When I sat in the Captain's office, I admitted right away my mistake. When asked if I wanted representation I said no. I knew I'd did wrong and was willing to face any consequences for not following the policy, even though it was unintentional. No one had been hurt. So I knew I wouldn't be terminated. The Captain was surprised I admitted my part in the incident (a mishap in dispatching). He praised my willingness to be forthright. I signed the complaint and that was the end of it. He said afterwards if I had lied I would have been suspended.

In previous jobs I've actually contacted supervisors in advance of the public to give them a heads up in case they receive a complaint call. One told me no one ever did that. He said it was a shame more folks didn't do the same.

I agreed. It seems to me too many people spend way to much time covering up mistakes, especially simple ones. The errors blow up into bigger ones. If they'd just dealt with the original goof in the first place, it probably wouldn't have been a big deal. Covers ups snow ball quickly. Lies lead to more lies.

Why do I act this way?

Because when things go sideways and someone makes accusations against me that aren't true, I can say 'I didn't do it." and my supervisors will take my side. They believe me because I don't lie or hide when I make a mistake so my character is in good standing. It also helps that I show up when expected, do my good to the best of my ability, take on extra tasks without complaint, and stay informed about the profession as a whole. I keep up on training on my own (except for mandatory Dept. of Justice NCIC training every two years as the agency TAC, any outside training is on our own dollar.

For those of your starting out: don't be afraid to admit to your goof-ups. We all make them and most are fixable. It will happen at some point. The sooner you identify the error, the quicker you can work to solve the issue. Do your job to the best of your ability. NO ONE OWES you anything in this world. Sorry, but despite what you parents might have told you, the world does NOT revolve around you. We all have to start from the bottom and work our way up. Be accountable to your work. Don't act like a know-it-all. You might have a fancy degree but the co-worker  without one that's been doing the position for a couple of years is just as knowledgeable in the job. Be respectful.

So that's my rant on accountability.

Stay safe out there and avoid wasps hanging out in fire extinguish covers (long story there).

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Viking dreams of grandeur: Knut the Great

Knut was born in 995, the son of King Svein Forkbeard of Denmark. Knut (also known as Cnut or Canute) was brought up as a royal Dane, with martial training. His brother, Harold was the expected heir to the throne. Whether Svein favored Knut over Harold is not known. A contemporary of Knut wrote that he was tall, fall, and had a hooked nose.