Monday, March 20, 2006

Calling off

One thing that about Ohio that took some getting used to was the term “Called Off”. The first time I heard someone us it I had no idea what they were talking about. You see in Ohio an employee doesn’t “call in sick” or “can’t come to work because of their grandma died” or “can’t find a baby sitter so they are not going to be able to come to work today”, they simply “Call Off’. The explanation usually follows but the first thing you always here is, “Sam Called Off.”
“Oh crap! Why?”
“He’s got the scurvy, and he picked up rickets from cats.”

Anyway, I had to call off today because I’ve felt like crap all weekend. I just really hope the baby doesn’t get what I got. At first I thought it was Strep Throat, but now I’m pretty sure it’s just a crazy sore throat. I’m usually a pretty healthy guy but since I’ve moved to Ohio I’ve had all kinds of medical problems. The weirdest thing is not only do I have carpal tunnel in my right hand, but it turns out that I have tarsal tunnel in my right foot, which sucks big time because my big toe is completely numb. So I’ll have to get cortisone injected in my ankle and if that doesn’t work I’ll have to have surgery. I hate getting old.

Since I’m stuck at home I just got done watching the second episode of 'The Sopranos' of the season. Morgan surprised me on Saturday when I got back from the dentist and had ordered HBO. I was just going to wait until the season came out on DVD and watch it then, but the cable company was running a special of 6 months for $6.99 a month, so Morgan just had them hook it up so I could watch my show. I had successfully gone the full week without learning anything that happened in the season premier and was jazzed to watch the show after Morgan went to bed, (The “On Demand” feature is a wonderful thing). In the meantime Morgan and I decided to watch one of our favorite programs that we had recorded from the night before 'The Soup'. I pressed play on the DVR and *BANG*! right off the bat they show the big shocker from the season premier I was only hours away from watching. I was so pissed, I couldn’t watch the rest of the show. And it did kind of make watching the show later anticlimactic, but it was still pretty good.

Speaking of TV, a cool thing that I discovered this weekend is AOL’s In2TV, were you can re-watch entire episodes of old television shows on demand on your computer. Some of the titles include 'Perfect Strangers', 'Head of the Class' and 'The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.'. The only real annoying thing is that to keep the streaming fast and the buffering time low, they break the shows up in roughly 7 minute clips. So sometimes the player will stop in the middle of a scene, and take a couple of seconds to load the next clip before continuing on with the rest of the episode. But it’s really not that big of a deal.

Well time for some pictures of Ella.

See ya,


Anonymous said...

Whatever you say, Vito.

ChuckSuede said...


Bill T said...

Have you also heard of "calling out"? Same thing, but seems to be either a newsroom thing or New England.

ChuckSuede said...

Nope. That's a new one to me.