November 18, 2009


We moved from the home office to the field office in Hartford Friday and Monday. It was a downgrade in environment but I made the best of it. I printed and framed some images for my beige walls and hung prints rather than use push pins… It make the palce look much nicer… Below are some before and afters of my area…

P1050279 my cubicle right
The view right before move in.

P1050280 my cubicle left
The view left before move in.

P1050295 my cubicle right post move
The view right after initial move in.

P1050294 my cube day of move
The view left after initial move in.

P1050297 beer pic w lava
I printed and framed a picture of a Northampton Pale Ale taken on the outdoor rooftop bar during the summer. This makes me thirsty!

P1050299 my cubicle middle
Another view of the middle of the cubicle..

P1050281corridor to freedom
This is the way out from where our area starts. The carpet is colorful only in the isle, the rest is blue/gray carpet squares.

P1050282 jason feeling the love
Jason in the field office before the move in…

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September 22, 2009


These were all taken with my new Canon EF 50/f1.4 standard lens… On my 50D body this lens becomes the equivanent of an 80mm lens… Very shallow depth of field give an interesting effect…

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Frank at the bar at J. Timothy’s in Plainville, CT

IMG_2226 Klink and Shultz
I was watching Hogan’s Heroes last night on some HD channel… Klink and Shultz, classic characters acted perfectly.

IMG_2205 Hartford Smoking Reader
A Smoking Reading Executive type outside Small Cubicle Insurance Company home office at about 0800 yesterday morning.

IMG_2191 Bus Stop Graffiti
Some graffiti at the bus stop enclosure in the AM light…

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More graffiti at the bus stop enclosure in the AM light…

IMG_2108  Diner Whiskey Toast
Good ol’ Rye toast at Miss Washington Diner, downtown New Britain…

IMG_2097 Remotes On Bar
Some of my ten or so remotes in my basement sitting on the bar…

IMG_2080 Eggs OM and Hash
My standard weekend breakfast at Miss Washington Diner in New Britain, CT

IMG_2070 Diner Lights
The old lights of the Miss Washington Diner

IMG_2043 German Sausages eastside
German Sausages in the Bavaria Room at Eastside Restaurant, New Britain, CT… They are having the Grand Opening of the four season outdoor rooftop Beer Garden today… I am going to call some people as see if I can get in to shoot it…

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Mariann in the Bavaria Room a couple nights ago with the iron work behind her looking like a religious icon of some sort… that is all…

September 10, 2009

Two Speeches

The President gave two speeches this week. The one I didn’t watch (at least when it was originally broadcast) was his address to school age kids that was broadcast around the country into elementary, middle and high schools. For some reason, it was not shown at our local High School. However, I found the objections to the speech to be somewhat petty and disengenuous. How can we be offended by the President of the United States telling kids to stay in school and try harder? Honestly, I have no problems with that speech whatsoever. It was very Presidential and I think he had good intentions. I saw no hidden motives or attempts at liberal “indoctrination” at all.

Howsofuckingever, last night’s Health Insurance (let’s be honest and stop calling it “health care” because that is NOT what this is about) speech to an ad hoc joint session of Congress really pissed me off. I am very surprised at the demonizing of the insurance industry as a whole. Insurance Companies do good things when bad things happen, don’t they?

The speech was somewhat rhetorical, with a strange tone and offered NOTHING in the way of a road map to solving the problem.

Now, I work for an insurance company. My father worked for the insurance company and lots of my friends work for insurance companies. We don’t work for health insurance companies (mostly we do specialty lines of coverage and my dad was in the life insurance business), and have to buy health insurance like the rest of you. I am a consumer of health insurance and don’t like the hefty price, but have enjoyed many benefits from having it over the years. I think the bills for my daughter’s birth over 14 years ago were over $35k and we paid a $10 co-pay.

Some of what the President said bothers me a lot:

“we cannot have large businesses and individuals who can afford coverage game the system by avoiding responsibility”…

Who is he talking about? Who exactly is “gaming the system”? Me and my employer can afford it and pay a lot for health insurance. I wanna know how are we gonna pay for this “plan”?? Apparently, we will use the money saved from taking out fraud and abuse of Medicare and other insurance. Give me a break. If we can do that, let’s do it now. It may be needed to save Medicare. Insurance Companies work on combatting fraud and abuse every day. Part of the claims that get denied, are, guess what,…fraudulent. They try not to pay claims that are abusive of the rules of the system. That enures to their benefit as profit and is an attempt at trying to hold down costs.

“The only thing this plan would eliminate is the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud, as well as unwarranted subsidies in Medicare that go to insurance companies”.

Again, if that is the case, let ‘s pull the trigger on elimination of fraud and waste NOW. The thing about it is that you just can’t legislate that away. Good luck trying. Just waive your magic hand and make it so Mr. President. The subsidies that go to the insurance carriers are reimbursements for what they paid out that Medicare owed. I don’t understand the math here.

“I will make sure that no government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat gets between you and the care that you need.”

Who will administer this plan? Some other kind of bureaucrat I suspect.

“But by avoiding some of the overhead that gets eaten up at private companies by profits and excessive administrative costs and executive salaries, it could provide a good deal for consumers, and would also keep pressure on private insurers to keep their policies affordable and treat their customers better, the same way public colleges and universities provide additional choice and competition to students without in any way inhibiting a vibrant system of private colleges and universities.”

Say what? So we will run this new health insurance like a university? Ever know anyone that got rejected from a college or university? Maybe it will be college and educational bureaucrats who will administer this so called “plan”? Those people are so much better at treating their customers well. Once again, give us a break.

“Now, much of the rest would be paid for with revenues from the very same drug and insurance companies that stand to benefit from tens of millions of new customers. And this reform will charge insurance companies a fee for their most expensive policies, which will encourage them to provide greater value for the money”

Huh? Boy if that isn’t political bureaucratic double-speak, I don’t know what is. How does taxing the fee for the most expensive policy encourage the insurance company to provide greater value? I am nearly certain it would encourage just the opposite.

And then we go and say “the ones who suffer silently” are the ones who have been writing e-mails and need to be heard. Wow. Sounds like something our last President might have been mercilessly chastized for saying.

BTW: Joe Wilson is a Fucktard for heckling the President. That is just bad form. Show a little respect dude. The world is watching.

July 22, 2009


My shelf fell overnight and no doubt made a loud crashing sound. My monitor had to be replaced because the screen was damaged… They gave me a used monitor that is hurting my eyes… I have asked that it be replaced. I have a burning sensation and a headache now… This one has a display that seems over-sharpened and overly bright and contrasty. I tried changing the brightness and contrast settings but that didn’t work… I hope they fix soon…

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P1040185 PTSD Wide 700

June 19, 2009


I have been away and not blogging much lately.

The last three days were spent at Small Cubicle Insurance Company’s lab attending Fire Science School. It was a very interesting experience. I will have to reassess my home electrical system though as the school brought to light many of the common, but unknown to most homeowners, fire hazards and other issues. I think that everyone in class will spend some money at Lowes or Home Depot in the next few weeks.

P1030864 woman and mannequin
Here is one of the women who attended class with us next to some mannequins the lab used and became permanent fixtures… They were used to help test flammable fabrics…

P1030869 strange moth at mcds
Here is some strange moth at the drive up window at McDonald’s where I went at 0630 for coffee one morning while driving to the science lab for class. The girls in McD’s were scared of it so I took a photo.

P1030839 oil leak at vw dealer
This is actually several weeks old. This was the oil leak I discovered coming from my GTI when I went to pick it up. I had an oil change at the dealer they over-tightened the drain pan plug and stripped it. I made them put in a new oil pan rather than re-thread the plug. After this was done, I went to pick it up and this is what I found… After complaining to several people about getting this fixed immediately, I finally got taken care of properly by the manager who happened to be in the following day. He promised a free oil change and a proper repair. I asked for a thorough detailing and he agreed. He also apologized which should have come before by the other employees in the service department. Anyway, all is well now and there are no more leaks. However, if it begins to leak anytime soon, I will attribute it to this event and make them take care of me again…

January 30, 2009


This is the view from the third floor of the Hartford civic Center which was, at the time, the Aetna Connecticut Claim Service Center. Aetna, in the form of a P&C insurer, no longer exists… Many of the people I work with now at SCIC worked there. Today, at 1600 hours, there is a reunion of Aetna (Bunch-O-Desks Insurance Company) at Margarita’s in East Hartford. It will be fun to see some of them again! I remember this storm. Many of us went downstairs to the old Margarita’s that was in the Civic Center and imbibed until the traffic died down. After that I went home to my Middletown apartment where Spouse 1.0 gave me a lot of grief that was unnecessary and undeserved… It wasn’t long before she bolted and my life became much better.

January 27, 2009



ad parody
As you see, I finally designed a small logo to SCIC.

January 21, 2009


It was 20 years ago…
I was sitting at my desk and swung my chair around and
snapped FB sitting as his desk behind me…


January 9, 2009



Yet another long exposure stealthily recorded with my black metal Panasonic LX3.

The time and motion combine to yield an impressionist –like image of early rising workers walking on the slightly uneven brick sidewalk which is dotted with flattened blobs of black gum and a scattering of cigarette butts. A number of shriveled up smokers stand against the chilly stone facades of the century old buildings lining Central Row.

Walking in the frosty morning air invigorates the mind and spirit as the nippy little molecules brush up against freshly shaven faces and bounce careening through zigzag pathways shaped within winter clothing onto an assortment of necks, backs and chests.

Near entranceways to offices smokers exhale and their breath contaminates the crisp clean air and hijacks the sanguinity from the dawn.

The terrible aroma of second hand smoke spewing from blackened tumor encrusted lungs of the loitering death junkies becomes overwhelmed by the horrific stench belched out by the tall gray plastic smokers’ chimney that is brewed in its belly. Deep inside the burn-scarred carcass of the stink tower a slowly digested mix of still smoldering saliva soaked cigarette butts and old semi-decayed lipstick covered filters combines with filthy polluted sand and wadded up garbage. The foulest of gases is produced within.

The resultant putrid haze hangs in the darkness and wickedly assails the senses of passengers as they come clomping off the loathsome blue commuter buses like the eerie London fogs that would foretell gruesome deaths of prostitutes in flickering old black and white movies.

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