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December 30, 2008

OLD JUGGERNUTS SITE

FYI TO ALL JUGGHEADS: I have requested a copy of the old program that ran the ‘Old Jugg’ site. If this works, we may have full access to the old blog dating back to September 2003 which should include comments and ‘more’ sections. I will need help once I get the program so volunteers are needed. I know Trench is smart enough but I think he is very busy. Feste knows somebody who may be able to help. I will have to host the old site separately so we’ll have to see how it goes. I would really like to have to old stuff up again as there were some classic posts with pics and stories that should not be lost to history.

Stay tuned

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December 22, 2008

A FEW IMAGES FROM THE LAST WEEK OR SO…

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In Small Cubicle Insurance company is always festive and fun! Here, you see the extra effort taken by some lowly employees to add a bit of extreme Festivicus Maximus to the usually colorless interior of the SCIC tower.

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This time of year you will see a number of Christmas displays throughout the various units in SCIC. Here, a Christmas tree of incredible synthetic wonderfulness was assembled in honor of the season. This particular pointy faux flora is right near my cubicle. I was thinking of becoming a Jew, Muslim or even an atheist so I could pitch a fit and make them take it away and apologize for offending my Islamicalistic Jewishtabus Atheistical sensibilities… Oh well since I really don’t want to convert I guess I will leave the fit pitching to others…

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My Harley is still in the garage uncovered and with the battery still in. I will have to pull the battery over the Christmas holiday and throw a cover over it for the balance of the winter. I have been derelict in getting the MC set up for the winter… The 2008 GTI has now seen the snow several times and it seems to do OK as long as the snow isn’t too deep on the roads. Our garage is unheated and that is one the things I’d like to change in 2009. Time and money are the only things stopping this from being accomplished.

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Satchmo in his Christmas best… Spousalopogus always puts a red bow on our largest quadruped and some bells on our other cat, Ella. Ella jingles all over the house and it can be annoying during the night but it’s cute otherwise. Satchmo is seeking a treat in this image and he moves a bit too fast to stop the action but I like the pic anyway…

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This is just a view of the 13 degree morning in the commuter lot. The wind chill was actually 4 below zero. When it’s this cold the snow squeaks when you walk on it… If you’re out too long, you squeak as well and then you die.

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December 8, 2008

OH BEAUTIFUL… LOOK AT THE WEATHER WHERE I AM GOING:

I land in Milwaukee this afternoon. I am to drive from Milwaukee to Appleton Wisconsin (Near Green Bay) on Tuesday morning and then back in the evening… On a good day it’s supposed to be a 2.5 hour drive… In this weather things will be both slow and dangerous. I will determine when I get to the hotel whether or not I will make the drive… Stay tuned for ‘More Travels With Yarbz! (That would be a great show and mostly a comedy of errors and trials and tribulations!)

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREEN BAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT CST TUESDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND THEN CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY. INCREASING NORTH WINDS WILL ALSO LEAD TO SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF THE SNOW ON TUESDAY AND TUESDAY EVENING.

A TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 8 TO 14 INCHES IS EXPECTED…

December 5, 2008

CLEANED DESK TODAY AND ADDED SOME PHOTOS:


Today was a little slow and I took some time to clean the desk and put up some photos that I had recently printed of the Small Cubicle Insurance Company building as well as the spouse and her red VW Bug.

December 4, 2008

SOME PICS AND A STORY FROM TODAY AND THE LAST COUPLE DAYS:


Feste and his needles and scalpels were in action again on my upper butt cleavage. I went to see him this afternoon due to a Pilonidal Cyst that had recently returned. I originally met Feste about three years ago for “The Original Cyst” (Sounds like a classic H-wood horror film…). He fixed the old cyst and I wrote a rather long story about the experience. Feste ended up finding the story online many months later and commented on the blog. Since that time, he has become a good friend and has been a fixture on Juggernuts.

Anyway, my cyst returned just before I am go off on a 10-day business trip. Just my luck… Last weekend I sent Feste a text message to see if I could get a prescription for an antibiotic to fight this new cyst and head it off at the pass. The last time I felt one coming on, we did the same thing and it quickly went away. Not so this time. It kept getting worse and worse and I began to feel that it was going to need a little surgical artistry performed upon it.

This morning, Thursday the 4th of December 2008, I contacted Feste’s new office and scheduled an appointment for some intervention on my callipygian cleft (Thanks Limeliters!). I had to arrange a ride since I take the bus and managed to get El Spouso to leave work and take me to the commuter parking lot to get my car to drive down to the expected slicing and dicing. I had no fear or loathing of this procedure because I had been through it before when I didn’t know what the problem was. This time there was no scary wondering what it might be…

Upon arrival at Feste’s new office, it was quickly noted that he has moved up in the world! This place is grand, new and bright. It’s a temple of surgery with granite counters and high ceilings. After filling out the duplicative new patient paperwork I was called into the bowels of the temple into a room containing a power surgical table and some stainless steel bits and pieces. The nurse told me that “the doctor” would soon be in and I waited for the brilliant bohenian butt bisecting beer imbiber or to arrive.

Once he got in the room, he took a look and the suspect cleavage lump and decided that it was not as bad as the original one. That was clearly true but this one ended up yielding a good couple ounces of red green brown gel like liquid. It actually looked like a slightly stirred shot called a “Bloody Brain” which is made from strawberry schnapps, Bailey’s and grenadine. Before the jelly juice was to be extracted there was the matter of the rather large syringe containing some sort of all-important deadening agent. The injection hurt a little but the worst pain was definitely the multiple high pressure cleeve squeeze to force the thick yucky goop out.

Well, it’s about an hour since I left the office and things are still quite sore. I think it will be OK though and Feste will be looking at it again tomorrow to make sure things are well prior to my trip.

This is just one more saga of Yarbz travel complications…


Jigga, I guess now known as Jason, is wearing a sling for the next 6 weeks or so. He had triple quadruple triangulated extra mangulated shoulder surgery recently so he is incapacitated. He’s going through physical therapy which appears as though it’s going to be long and hard. In about 26 weeks docs are stating the he will be back to normal. ‘Normal’ however is in the eye of the beholder. It will take far far longer for him to be normal if ever. As for the shoulder, he’ll be back to action in the late Spring, just in time for Harley season. This image is taken at the coffee place at Small Cubicle Insurance Company.


Somebody dropped off some fudge in the office here at Small Cubicle Insurance Company. I fought the desire to eat it for several hours and then ended up having three pieces. It was not bad but I was trying to stay away from sweets… thanks for whoever brought it in.

November 26, 2008

Verdict – Live blogging

CATAGORIES: REASONS TO BUY DUCT TAPE,SMALL CUBICLE INSURANCE COMPANY — FloridaBill @ 1:01 pm

We STILL are waiting for the verdict from the trial in Dallas. According to the bailiff, the jury will be done by noon today. All of this time does not bode well for the good guys. However, the jury has asked two questions they sent to the judge. The first was about what happens if they can’t get the same 10 people to agree on all counts and does that make them a “hung jury” (I suspect this is what they would like to happen). The judge asked them to go back and work harder as they need the same ten jurors to agree on all issues. The second question was much more encouraging. The jury sent another note to the judge early yesterday asking if they could award zero damages when the jury instruction says if they found the answer to question 10 (the most critical question or issue they will decide: liability) to be “yes” then they should award “nominal damages”. The question was: can zero be nominal damages? The judge told them no.

We continue to wait…continued in comment thread…

VERDICT IN: SEE COMMENTS

November 4, 2008

A FEW IMAGES FROM TODAY AND THE WEEKEND:


The spouse leaves Lowes with some baseboards and some primer Sunday morning. We bought two 12 foot boards which the Lowes saw guy cut into four 6 footers… That is the only way I could fit them in the GTI/ We wrapped them in a sheet and stuffed them in the back hatch up to the front seat. They are pre-primed and the first time I bought some the white got all over the car. This time we didn’t get any of the white inside. The utility room and basement look so much better with baseboards. We got used to living without them over the last two or three years, but now were about sixty percent finished with the baseboards.


Here are some of the tools on my desk that I used on a daily basis. The apple is a recent thing for me. I am trying to eat healthy things more often. When I get back from the gym at 1400hrs I am usually hungry. The apple really does the trick and gives me a little energy until I eat again at home.


This is the file I am currently going through and drafting a report for a claim review that is coming up early next week. It’s a big one that involves a dude who had his leg crushed in a foam compressing machine. Ouch! We are heading toward trial in the next few weeks and it does not look like it’ll settle prior to that unless the defendant gets real about their exposure. We are a third-party defendant, sued by the defendant, not the plaintiff. We didn’t do anything wrong to cause the accident but can’t get out and keep racking up defense costs.


This is some of the scuffing damage to my fender from the hit and run dude. I dropped the car at the shop yesterday afternoon and they promise to do an excellent job. I hope they do as I will be expecting perfection. I shall pick it up Thursday evening if all goes well.


I picked up a Ford Focus rental car at the shop and this is the dash setup while sitting in the commuter lot. It’s OK. It has poor cornering and a loud lumbering four cylinder engine which will get me by. It is not nearly as comfortable either. I got used to the nice high sided seats in the GTI and also Satellite Radio. I am stuck with FM in Hartford which is just about as close to hell as you can image. We have crap radio here. Major crap. Only now and then can we find a college radio station playing a block of decent music. I must prefer the radio in Boston where we lived prior to coming to New Britain.


This is the sunrise in the rear view mirror at the commuter lot at 0615. I went to vote first thing in the morning and parked this temporary car in the church parking lot and went inside. There were about thirty people waiting for the doors to open. This is about four or five time the normal amount at this hour.

October 31, 2008

PICTURES FOR THE LAST FRIDAY IN OCTOBER:

Today is Halloween, 2008. I have nothing scary to share but here are two photos, one from today and one from yesterday:


Today I decided to put on the older of the SCIC pins that I have. This was bought at the same tag/garage sale where the other one was found. The lady’s hubby had worked for SCIC all his like and has passed away. She was selling the house and the stuff. This one is, I believe, the first use of the Umbrella for SCIC. The ribs of the umbrella with the “T” date back to the late 1950’s. As you saw in the picture earlier this week, the next logo dropped the ribs and kept the “T”. The umbrella also became symmetrical in the second logo. This first one looks as though it was been in a wind storm and got misshapen. It’s fun to have these old pins.


This was shot from the hip leaving the bus on Thursday morning at 0645hrs. The lady in front is one of the riders on my bus. She is a total curmudgeon. She is very unhappy about everything and no matter what anyone says to her she always says the opposite. If you tell her it is a nice day, she will tell you it is not and give you some personal insight into why. We all just quit talking to her. Of course we get on the bus at 0630 in the morning so I guess being a little grumpy is acceptable. However, she’s like this even on the ride home at 1600 (She is the reason I added the BSFF category to this post). I have always liked long exposure blur shots. This type of image tends to pass on more of the actual ambiance of the scene that a flashed or tripod photograph.

October 29, 2008

SCIC STORY IN THE NEWS:

From Business Journal October 28, 2008 (Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent [Read: bloggers] ):

SMALL CUBICLE INSURANCE COMPANY TO SECRETARY PAULSON: NO BAILOUT FOR US, THANKS

Insurance companies may be next to get capital from the government as part of the $700 billion bailout approved by Congress, but The Small Cubicle Insurance Company (SCIC) won’t be one of them.

SCIC sent a letter Tuesday to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to inform him that it would neither seek nor accept any money under the Capital Purchase Program.

“SCIC does not require or intend to request any such assistance,” Chief Executive Porpoisehead Fred said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, adding that SCIC is “strong, resilient and well capitalized” and did not need the help.

It also suggested that private market solutions should be found for other insurance companies that are interested in receiving government funding, so that federal funds could be preserved for “more acute problems.”

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