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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Thank you so much. I'm so glad you're worried about my health. It's so kind of you to inquire if I'm getting stressed out from all the extra work. It might mean more, though, if this solicitousness weren't emitted in the same breath as yet another request to stay late and/or give up my weekend. So thanks, but, uh, save it, okay?

Julie called this morning to find out if how I was doing. She wanted to know if the Boss and Tim were working me too hard. I told her that if it came to that point, I'd just shut down. I'd stop answering the phone (the way I've already stopped opening the mail) and make up some excuse. She didn't think an excuse was even necessary. Just do it, was her advice.

Later on the Boss called to ask if Julie and Tim were taking up too much of my time and energy. I said no, they're actually busy with something that doesn't involve me today, so I'm taking advantage of the "free" time to do some "real" work. I think he took my point, because he actually withdrew some of the requests he'd made yesterday. "Don't type that contract. I'll handle it with a letter."

This afternoon, out of the blue, Tim phoned and wanted to know how I was doing. Were the Boss and Julie giving me more to do than I could handle? Just let him know, he told me, and he'd have it out with them. I'm too important to the company, he said. He seemed to be spoiling for a fight. I think he wanted me to sic him on somebody.

It's nice to be loved and appreciated.

23 June 2004

Afternoon sky.

Somehow I've managed to commit myself to being "available" all weekend. That's because there's (yet another) big meeting on Monday, and as usual we're going to dazzle them with paperwork. I'm not sure what they would have said if I'd told them I had plans to go away for the weekend. Fortunately(?), I don't.

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I don't know how the players can perform as well as they do in these one-run games, because I'm just sitting in my living room watching and I can hardly breathe. (Maybe that's my problem.) Once again, one hit, a three-run triple by Ray Durham in the second, gave the Giants all their runs in their 3-2 win over the Dodgers tonight. This happy result means that when the Dodgers leave town tomorrow, they'll be in second place. Since they were in first when they arrived, they can't be pleased with that prospect.

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