AAR: Power Outage

I’m sitting at my desk at 11:45 on Tuesday, minding my own business, like I always do. Clear skies, no wind, no rain, sunny and warm(ish). Everything seems normal. Then, the lights in my office went out. A split second later, I heard a loud BOOM! Uh-oh. This exact evolution has happened several times over the last 10 years here. There’s a fuse on a power pole at the corner of our road and the main road, and when something […]

Scenes from the JIT World

“Just in Time.” A lot of people don’t realize how this Lean Thinking concept can potentially rule their lives. I had a dramatic example of it a few days ago. First, JIT is a business philosophy that started in the manufacturing world, and has spread to retail, finance, and just about everywhere people try to pry a buck out of the economy. Simply put, JIT is a the concept that “inventory is bad.”

I try really hard to leave work behind at the end of the day. If I find myself thinking about work after hours, I give myself a mental correction and get back to whatever it is I’m doing. I’m not exactly a career man. But occasionally, despite my best efforts, work intrudes on my real life, and I figure that if you’re going to spend a third of every day working, you’d better bring something home besides a paycheck, and the occasional […]

Tacticool Diabetes

Let the diabetes preps begin! Type 1 diabetics need to have their insulin supplies with them at all times. They set up pretty well before we left the hospital – insulin, pen injectors, blood glucose meter, and emergency supplies. They put it all in a pretty cool little lunch-box sized pack – pink camo, no less. It goes everywhere Ginger goes now. Not good enough. After all, one is none.

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. It’s been a busy week – that tends to happen when you discover that your kid is a diabetic. I started a long post about this, with all the gory details – the ambulance rides, the ER, pediatric ICU (pro tip: if you ever have occasion to be in a PICU, keep your eyes fixed forward and do not look into the rooms unless you have a heart of stone. You have been […]