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Good deed

I was experiencing a typically stressful day at work. I’ve been working from home since March 2020, and I like it. Nice to be able to get up, get ready, and sign on for the day with no commute. No timetable for us to return to the office, with the Delta variant of COVID spreading worldwide. No real need, since any issue can be handled via Zoom or email. With an increased workload we software developers have grown busier and stretched thinner. Many of us are juggling multiple projects, bugs, and questions, all day every day!

Early afternoon, I received an IM from a longtime friend / acquaintance. He’s a few years younger, fallen on hard times, no vehicle, unable to walk far, generally poor health. He asked for a ride to the local pantry to pick up some foodstuffs to tide him over the next few days.

At first I didn’t respond to his request, since I was involved fielding emails and changing/running/reviewing programs. After a bit, when the pace of work slowed (when my brain was on overload and I could no longer think another work-related thought!) I replied, saying I’d pick him up in a few minutes. It was a beautiful day, sunny, calm, no wind, only a few fluffy clouds in the sky. I drove the 15 minutes to my friend’s apartment, another little way to the food pantry, then back again. It didn’t take him long. He chose some bread and strawberries, since that was what they had the most to offer. He had more varied foods at home, so that isn’t all he will be eating! It was good to see him again. I benefitted too: we chatted about our lives and good times long past. It took my mind off the maddening pace of work and let me enjoy a gorgeous day.

There is more to life than employment or earning a living. There are sunny days, good food, charitable acts, and grateful friends. May you have each in your life!

Anti-mask Florida GOP bookkeeper dies of COVID — leaving party without access to software!

“After spending months railing against COVID-19 precautions and criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci, a Republican Party official in Florida passed away this week — leaving his county-level GOP organization without access to critical financial accounts.”

“Gregg Prentice, 61, served as accountant for the Hillsborough County GOP and also chaired the organization’s committee for election integrity.”

“A software engineer by trade, Tampa Bay’s local Patch outlet reported that he built and maintained the local Republican party’s campaign finance software last year and was responsible for filing its monthly reports to the Federal Elections Commission.”

“…Prentice died [September 11, 2021] without sharing login information for these accounts, or any sort of instructions for how to use them.”

This story hits home for me. I am a programmer – analyst. Any developer or software engineer knows the importance of cross-training someone in case he becomes incapacitated, leaves the company, or dies. It’s essential to have documentation of computer programs and processes, for the same reasons. Now the Hillsborough County GOP is left scrambling, and it’s their own damn fault! Read the Salon article below.


Just adopted some new houseplants. Three dracaenas, a gold star croton, and a snake plant. Getting back into an old hobby is fun.

Pictured is my gold star croton, Codiaeum variegatum, native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and the western Pacific Ocean islands, growing in open forests and scrub

I have one dracena deremensis, one codiaeum variegatum, two dracena sanderiana